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VOLUME  NINETEEN 


JULY,  I94S 


NUMBER  FOUR 


The  RECORD 


of  the 


Hampden-Sydney  Alumni  Association 


Birthplace  of  &fampden-£ydney  (college 


Entered  as  Second-Class  Matter,  September  28.  1926,  at  the  Post  Office  at  Hampden-Sydney,  Va.,  under  the  Act  of  March  3,  1879 


Jfampden- Sydney  tAlumni  ^Association 

OFFICERS 

Honorary  President Charles  William  Dabney 

(for  life) 

President William  R.  Gardner 

Vice  President Graves  H.  Thompson 

Treasurer P.  Tulane  Atkinson 

Recording  Secretary George  L.  Walker 

MEMBER  AMERICAN  ALUMNI  COUNCIL 


ALUMNI  CHAPTERS 

THE    FOLLOWING    IS    A    LIST   OF    ALUMNI    CHAPTERS    AS    FAR    AS    ORGANIZED: 


ALLEGHANY  MOUNTAINS 
President:  Horace  Goodman 

Ronceverte,  W.  Va. 
Vice  President:  Hugh  Cook 

Gap  Mills,  W.  Va. 
Secretary:  J.  W.  Benjamin 

Lewisburg,  W.  Va. 

BLUEFIELD,  W.  VA. 

President:  Edwin  C.  Wade 

Vice  President:  George  Richardson,  Jr. 

Secretary:  Merriman  S.  Smith 

CHARLESTON,  W.  VA. 

President:  Robt.  W.  Lawson 
Vice  President:  Chas.  G.  Peters 
Secretary-Treasurer :  Donald  L.  Cork 

EASTERN  CAROLINA 
President:  Charles  R.  Bugg 

Raleigh,  N.  C. 
Vice  President:    F.  C.  Owen 

Durham,  N.  C. 
Secretary-Treasurer:  C.  A.  Field 

Raleigh,  N.  C. 

EASTERN  SHORE 

President:  T.  Wallace  Jones,  Jr. 

Cheriton,  Va. 
Secretary-Treasurer :  Hermann  Bischof 

Rehoboth,  Md. 

FLORIDA 

President:  L.  E.  McNair 
Orlando,  Fla. 
Secretary-Treasurer :  J.  M.  Leps 
Winter  Haven,  Fla. 
GEORGIA 

President:  Hugh  Wood 

Atlanta,  Ga. 
First  Vice  President:  Robert  H.  Pair 

Atlanta,  Ga. 
Second  Vice  President:  John  L.  Daniel 

Atlanta,  Ga. 
Secretary-Treasurer:  John  C.  Moore 

Gainesville,  Ga. 

HALIFAX 

President:  W.  S.  Adkisson 

Clover,  Va. 
Vice  President:  H.  W.  McLaughlin,  Jr. 

Halifax,  Va. 
Secretary:  Robert  Edmunds 

Halifax,  Va. 

KENTUCKY 

Vice  President:  C.  B.  Richmond 

Lyndon,  Ky. 
Secretary-Treasurer:  B.  Y.  Willis 
Nicholasville,  Ky. 


LYNCHBURG 

President:    Gilmer  Craddock,  Jr. 
Secretary:    Frank  Evans 

NEW  YORK  and  VICINITY 
President:  T.  Catesby  Jones 

New  York  City 

Secretary:  J.  M.  Kelly,  Jr. 

New  York  City 

NORFOLK,  VA. 

President:  Henry  Bowden 
Vice  President:  John  Rixey 
Secretary:  W.  G.  Wing 


PENNSYLVANIA 

President:  Samuel  E.  Osbourn 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 
Secretary:  Robert  Buyers 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

PETERSBURG 

President:    Charles  Stevens 
Secretary:    John  Gilliam 

PITTSYLVANIA 

President:  Mirabeau  L.  T.  Hughes 
Vice  Presidents:   Frank  Terry 

John  Shackelford 
Secretary-Treasurer:  Russell  Neely 


RICHMOND,  VA.,  and  VICINITY 
President:  H.  H.  McVey,  Jr. 
Vice  President:  A.  A.  Adkins 
Secretary:  I.  N.  Blake 

ROANOKE,  VA. 

President:  C.  L.  Crockett 

Vice  President:  Alexander  Donnan 

Secretary:  C.  Grattan  Lindsey,  Jr. 

SOUTHSIDE 

President:  M.  C.  Bowling 

Burkeville,  Va. 

Secretary:  J.  Boyd  Bagby 

Prospect,  Va. 
Vice  Presidents:  J.  H.  Allen 

Prince  Edward  County 
J.  H.  Spessard 

Buckingham  County 


SOUTHSIDE— Continued 
J.  G.  Jefferson 

Amelia  County 
H.  E.  Boswell,  Jr. 

Nottoway  County 
C.  A.  Garden,  Jr. 

Lunenburg  County 
Page  Morton 

Charlotte  County 

SOUTHWEST  VIRGINIA 

President:    Howard  C.  Gilmer,  Jr. 

Pulaski,  Va. 
Vice  Presidents:  James  L.  Kent 
Pulaski  County 
Walter  M.  Carter 
Carroll  County 
Henry  Peck  Simmerman 

Wythe  County 
H.  S.  Buchanan 

Smyth  County 
R.  Gamble  See 
Floyd  County 
Secretary-Treasurer:  Kenneth  V.  Brugh 
Pulaski,  Va. 

TAZEWELL,  VA. 

Vice  President:  Jesse  F.  White 
Secretary:  J.  Stras  Gillespie 

THE  VALLEY 

President:  Daley  Craig 

Waynesboro,  Va. 
Vice  Presidents:  H.  A.  Converse 
Harrisonburg,  Va. 
Boyd  Stephenson 
Monterey,  Va. 
M.  P.  Stric'kler 

Lexington,  Va. 
Campbell  Pancake,  Jr. 
Staunton,  Va. 
Secretary-Treasurer:  Fleming  Hurt 
Waynesboro,  Va. 

WASHINGTON  and  VICINITY 
President:  F.  D.  Costenbader 

Washington,  D.  C. 
Vice  President:  O.  M.  Jones 

Alexandria,  Va. 
Secretary:  Dabney  Jarman 

Washington,  D.  C. 

WESTERN  CAROLINA 

President:  Henrv  M.  McAden 

Charlotte,  N.  C. 
Secretary-Treasurer:  Robert  N.  Rosebro 
Gastonia,  N.  C. 


THE  STONE  PR 


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The  RECORD  of  the 

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY  ALUMNI   ASSOCIATION 


VOLUME  NINETEEN 


JULY,  1945 


NUMBER  FOUR 


EDITORIAL  COMMENT 


Hampden-Sydney's  Cradle 

ON  the  outside  cover  of  this  issue  of  the  Record 
appears  a  picture  of  the  office  of  Nathaniel  Venable, 
the  building  in  which  the  plans  for  the  establishment  of 
the  College  were  laid. 

This  office  building  was  then 
situated  on  "Slate  Hill"  Plantation, 
the  home  of  Mr.  Venable,  about 
one  and  one-half  miles  from  the 
site  of  the  College.  Recently,  this 
building  was  donated  to  the  College 
by  the  present  owner  and  moved 
intact  and  placed  on  the  campus 
near  the  administration  building. 
It  has  been  reroofed,  repaired,  and 
painted  and  the  interior  is  now  be- 
ing restored  to  its  former  condition. 
This  one-story  frame  building,  as 
near  as  can  be  determined,  was 
built  between  1752  and  1762.  In 
this  period  it  was  customary  on 
many  plantations  to  have  an  office 
in  the  yard  where  the  landowner 
transacted  the  business  in  connec- 
tion with  his  various  operations. 

It  was  natural,  therefore,  that  the 
gentlemen  of  this  section  keenly 
interested  in  the  cause  of  education 
should  meet  in  this  office  building 
on  the  plantation  of  Nathaniel  Ven- 
able, one  of  the  prime  movers  in 
the  founding  of  the  College.  How 
many  meetings  were  held  there  is 
not  known,  but  meetings  were  held 
in  1774  and  1775.  As  is  well  known  the  College  opened 
in  January,  1776. 

The  fact  that  this  building  has  been  placed  on  the 
campus  is  due  to  the  energy  and  enterprise  of  Mrs. 
Willa  M.  Boysworth,  the  capable  and  enthusiastic 
librarian  of  the  College.  It  will  become  a  sort  of  museum 
and  will  be  furnished  in  the  manner  of  the  period  of  the 
founding  of  the  College.  Relics  and  interesting  documents, 
pictures  and  the  like  will  be  placed  in  it.  An  interesting 
and  informing  article  by  Dr.  Joseph  D.  Eggleston,  Presi- 
dent Emeritus  of  the  College,  appears  in  this  issue. 

Dr.  Charles  William  Dabney 

JUST   as  the  July  issue  of  the  Record  goes  to  press 
comes   the   sad    news    of   the    death    of    Dr.    Charles 


EDITORIAL  STAFF 


Robert  K.  Brock 
Editor-in-Chief 

D.  Maurice  Allan 
Forensics  and  Statistics 

P.  Tulane  Atkinson 
Cuts  and  Illustrations 

Herman  Bell 
Dramatics 

J.  D.  Eggleston 
History 

George  L.  Walker 
Alumni 


William  Dabney,  Class  of  1873,  at  Asheville,  North 
Carolina.  He  was  on  his  way  to  celebrate  his  90th  birth- 
day with  his  children.  Dr.  Dabney  was  without  question 
the  most  eminent  of  Hampden-Sydney's  living  alumni. 
His  career  was  one  of  progressive  distinction  up  until 
a  few  years  before  his  death,  when  infirmities  of  age 
prevented  his  undertaking  any 
serious  work  that  would  put  too 
great  a  strain  upon  him.  Yet,  he 
was  active  to  the  last.  Graduating 
from  Hampden-Sydney  with  dis- 
tinction, while  his  father,  the  late 
Dr.  Robert  Lewis  Dabney,  Chief 
of  Staff  under  General  "Stonewall" 
Jackson,  resided  there,  he  entered 
the  University  of  Virginia,  later 
going  to  Germany  where  he  received 
the  degree  of  Ph.  D.  from  Gottingen 
University.  He  also  held  honorary 
degrees  from  many  of  our  leading 
educational  institutions.  He  was 
at  one  time  Professor  of  Chemistry 
at  Emory  and  Henry  College,  after- 
wards occupying  the  same  chair  at 
the  University  of  North  Carolina. 
After  serving  as  President  of  the 
University  of  Tennessee,  he  was 
elected  President  of  the  Univer- 
sity of  Cincinnati  and  brought  that 
then  small  institution  up  to  being 
one  of  the  great  universities  of  the 
country.  While  occupying  this  posi- 
tion, he  was  made  Assistant  Secre- 
tary of  Agriculture  during  President 
Cleveland's  administration.  In  that 
capacity,  he  rendered  conspicuous  service.  He  was 
also  a  distinguished  author  and  historian. 

But  what  endeared  him  to  his  Alma  Mater  was  not 
his  eminence,  or  his  distinguished  career,  proud  though 
she  was  of  his  achievements,  but  his  loyalty  and  constant 
and  deep  interest.  The  College  during  the  last  twenty 
years  of  his  life  became  one  of  his  chief  concerns.  He 
stimulated  the  interest  of  others  and  made  many  friends 
for  the  College.  He  reorganized  and  breathed  life  into 
the  Alumni  Association,  which  was  all  but  moribund. 
He  saw  clearly  what  a  potent  factor  the  alumni  could 
become  in  the  advancement  and  development  of  the 
College.  It  was  he  who  founded  the  Alumni  Record 
and  was  its  first  editor.  That  he  laid  the  foundation 
surely  is  evidenced  by  the  fact  that  its  publication  has 
continued  without  interruption  now  for  nearly  twenty 
years.  His  fine  presence,  courtly  bearing,  his  wide  interest, 


The  Record  of  the  Hampden-Sydney  Alumni  Association 


his  heart-warming  personality,  will  long  be  recalled  by 
us  who  knew  him,  and  his  great  services  to  the  College 
will  always  be  cherished  and  remembered. 

Germany  Meets  the  Fate  of  Carthage 

SINCE  any  comment  has  appeared  in  the  columns  of 
the  Record  on  the  war  situation  within  the  past 
few  months,  events  have  moved  with  marked  acceleration, 
especially  in  the  European  Theatre.  The  Rhine,  in  the 
German  mind,  the  sacred  and  impassable  boundary  of 
the  Reich,  was  crossed  early  in  March  with  surprising 
ease — first  on  the  Remagen  Bridge  and  then  on  boats,  on 
numerous  bridges  thrown  across  that  river  by  the  skill  of 
Allied  engineers  and  by  thousands  of  paratroopers.  The 
Siegfried  line,  proclaimed  by  the  Germans  as  impregnable, 
yielded  to  the  impact  of  the  furious  assault  of  the  Allied 
armies.  Soon  thereafter  their  tank  spearheads  rolled 
unchecked  across  the  Reich — the  advance  being  facili- 
tated by  the  superhighways  constructed  at  such  cost  by 
Hitler  to  enable  the  German  armies  to  move  at  will  from 
any  point  in  Germany  across  the  boundaries  of  other 
nations  that  the  "Master  Race"  sought  to  conquer. 
What  destruction  the  international  gangsters  ruthlessly 
did  to  Poland,  Belgium,  Holland,  and  France  is  now 
the  lot  of  Germany,  many  times  multiplied — her  great 
cities  lying  blasted  and  shattered  from  the  weight  of 
tons  of  bombs  dropped  on  them  by  American  and  British 
air  men.  The  Allied  Armies  sweeping  from  the  West 
united  with  the  Russian  legions'  relentless  drive  from  the 
East.  Berlin,  the  capital  and  nerve  center  of  the  Reich, 
blasted  by  bombs  and  artillery,  a  large  part  of  it  a  mass 
of  twisted  wreckage,  fell  to  Marshall  Zhukov's  Army. 
On  the  8th  of  May,  the  German  armies  capitulated 
unconditionally;  the  war  in  Europe  was  over.  Germany 
had  met  the  fate  of  Carthage  and  the  nation  which 
Hitler  had  boasted  would  last  a  thousand  years  had 
come  crashing  down  in  ruins.  Hitler  and  Goebbels,  from 
best  available  information,  are  dead;  other  leaders  like 
the  hangman,  Himmler,  have  committed  suicide;  the 
rest  of  the  gangsters,  including  Goering  and  Ribbentrop, 
are  prisoners  and  await  the  trial  and  punishment  which 
they  so  much  merit.  The  problems  which  still  lie  before 
the  United  Nations  are  tremendous  and  the  adjustments 
which  will  become  necessary  will  call  forth  as  much 
skill  and  ingenuity  as  did  the  problems  of  war. 

Under  the  genius  of  General  A-facArthur,  the  Philip- 
pines have  all  but  been  liberated. 

On  the  other  side  of  the  world,  too,  the  United  States 
with  its  costly,  but  worth-while,  conquest  of  Iwo  Jima 
and  Okinawa,  stands  on  the  doorstep  of  Japan.  With 
the  concentration  of  the  Allied  might  now  directed  against 
Japan,  with  the  destruction  by  our  bombers  of  her  great 
cities — which  destruction  has  already  made  the  Land  of 
the  Rising  Sun  tremble  as  if  from  some  colossal  earth- 
quake— with  General  Arnold's  promise  that  soon  one 
thousand  B-29'sa  day  will  blast  the  Japanese  homeland, 
with  the  Navies  of  the  United  States  and  Great  Britain 
blockading  Japan,  with  the  victorious  armies  from  Ger- 
many being  transferred  to  the  Pacific  Theatre,  the  doom 
of  the  perpetrators  of  the  Pearl  Harbor  infamy  cannot 
be  far  away. 

Moreover,  the  San  Francisco  Conference  has,  after  two 
months  of  hard  and  painstaking  work,  completed  its  task 


and  a  firm  basis,  at  least,  for  an  enduring  peace  has  been 
laid.  But  it  is  only  a  beginning  and  many  differences 
will  arise  to  be  ironed  out,  countless  adjustments  will 
have  to  be  made.  If,  however,  the  people  of  the  United 
Nations  will  exercise  patience  and  forbearance,  avoid  ill- 
considered  criticism  and  suspicions  of  one  another,  give 
and  take,  there  is  no  reason  why  many  years  of  peace 
may  not  lie  before  us.  After  all,  it  is  the  Big  Five,  and 
the  Big  Five  alone,  who  can  bring  about  that  for  which 
a  war-weary  world  yearns.  Without  their  mutual  under- 
standing and  cooperation,  all  the  suffering  and  sacrifices 
of  this  most  terrible  and  colossal  of  all  wars  will  have  been 
in  vain.  For  our  own  part,  we  believe,  this  great  under- 
taking, looking  to  the  peace  of  the  world,  is  full  of  promise. 


Interesting  Data  and  Vital  Statistics 

This  year  has  been  marked  by  more  changes  than  last. 
The  Naval  quota  has  been  reduced  from  250  to  no; 
the  civilian  has  varied  between  58  and  28.  The  latest 
information  is  to  the  effect  that  practically  all  Naval 
V-12  Units  will  be  discontinued  on  October  31st.  For 
this  reason  there  will  be  an  opportunity  to  enroll  on 
September  3,  1945,  for  civilian  students  as  well  as  on 
July  2d  and  November  I,  1945. 

During  this  year  there  has  been  the  same  splendid 
relationship  between  the  College  and  the  Navy,  and 
though  the  number  of  V-12  Apprentice  Seamen  has  been 
lowered,  the  same  quality  of  effort  has  been  maintained. 

Our  civilian  enrollment,  vitally  affected  by  the  war, 
has  been  marked  by  a  high  personnel.  The  students 
have  accepted  the  situation  in  fine  spirit  and  in  every 
way  played  the  game.  It  is  a  matter  of  keen  regret  that 
we  have  to  lose  some  of  them  as  well  as  all  of  the  V-12. 

Last  year's  record  reveals  the  following  contributions: 

Synod — Special #14,750 

Annual  (Synod) 7,000 

Foundations 6,000 

Individuals 4,000 

Charlotte,  N.  C 1,050 

Alumni  Fund 43,600 

Total $76,400   . 

(Editor's  Note:  The  above  statement  was  made  by  President 
Gammon  at  Commencement  exercises,  June  19,  1945.  All  friends  of 
the  College  are  hearty  in  their  commendation  of  the  Administration 
for  the  excellent  record  made  during  the  past  year.) 


Merit  Recognized  and  Appreciated 

The  Richmond  Nezvs-Leader  of  June  11,  1945,  carried 
a  large  picture  showing  Robert  Wylder  Bugg,  Class  of 
1920,  receiving  a  silver  bowl  from  the  hand  of  Hon.  John 
Randolph  Tucker,  President  of  the  Board  of  Trustees 
of  St.  Christopher's  School,  in  Richmond.  This  bowl 
was  a  gift  from  the  school's  trustees  to  show  their  appre- 
ciation of  Mr.  Bugg's  twenty-five  years  of  faithful  service 
in  connection  with  the  school.'  When  Mr.  Bugg  was 
chosen  as  head  of  the  Department  of  Mathematics,  the 
Board  made  a  wise  choice.  He  has  fully  sustained  the 
reputation  of  the  Bugg  family  as  earnest  workers,  suc- 
cessful administrators,  and  Christian  gentlemen. 


The  Record  of  the  Hampden-Sydney  Alumni  Association 


The  President's  Page 


Edgar  G.  Gammon 


Dear  Alumnus: 

Saturday,  the  fourteenth  of  July,  at  a  quarter  to  four 
o'clock,  in  Baltimore,  the  S.  S.  Hampden-Sydney  Victory 
will  be  launched.  This  will  be  a  new  experience  for  the  Col- 
lege, and  one  that  we  are  glad  to  have.  The  ship  is  better 
than  ten  thousand  tons.  A  number  of 
Alumni  and  friends  will  be  on  hand. 

The  gift  of  the  College  is  a  very 
splendid  collection  of  books  which 
will  go  in  the  ship's  library  for  the 
crew.  Many  individual  gifts  made 
this  possible. 

We  had  Commencement  on  June 
19th.  There  were  seven  graduates; 
also  four  honorary  degrees  were  con- 
ferred. The  occasion  was  a  good  one, 
save  the  thought  of  having  so  many 
of  our  men  in  the  armed  forces. 

At  the  meeting  of  the  Board,  on 
the  18th  of  June,  the  decision  was  u- 
nanimously  made  to  undertake  to  raise  additional  funds 
for  the  College.  It  is  hoped  that  the  Synod  of  Virginia  will 
endorse  and  authorize  this  move.  The  effort  should  begin 
early  in  the  fall.  It  will  not  be  limited  to  the  churches  of 
Virginia,  but  will  be  extended  to  our  friends  wherever  they 
are,  and  to  their  friends. 

The  importance  of  such  a  step  cannot  be  overstated. 
The  time  has  come  when  the  future  welfare  of  Hampden- 
Sydney  demands  larger  financial  returns.  Except  for  the 
immediate  problem  of  enrollment,  we  are  in  the  strongest 
position  of  our  history.  Any  course  that  would  endanger 
the  present  high  standing  of  the  institution  could  be  fatal. 

Again  word  has  come  from  the  Navy  that  the  V-12 
Unit  will  be  discontinued  on  November  1st.  Because  of 
what  happened  last  time,  I  am  somewhat  hesitant  in  writ- 
ing this;  but  I  can  only  repeat  to  you  the  word  from  Wash- 
ington. 

Our  civilian  enrollment  on  July  2d  was  28.  We  hope  to 
increase  this  number  in  September  and  November.  How- 
ever, as  long  as  the  age  of  induction  remains  at  18,  the 
chances  are  slim. 

May  I  repeat  what  was  urged  in  the  last  letter:  Make  a 
personal  effort  to  send  us  the  names  of  any  prospective 
students  in  your  community. 

I  cannot  close  without  thanking  the  Alumni  who  made 
possible  the  grand  results  of  our  last  Fund.  For  the  future 
we  might  keep  in  mind  the  fact  that  Series  F  and  G  Bonds 
are  available  for  corporations  and  that  Hampden-Sydney 
is  a  corporation.  They  should  be  issued  to  "The  President 
and  Trustees  of  Hampden-Sydney  College,  Hampden- 
Sydney,  Virginia." 

With  good  wishes  and  kind  regards, 

Sincerely  yours, 

Edgar  G.  Gammon 

President 

P.  S.  Dr.  Eggleston  and  Dr.  Whiting  are  both  a  little 
under  the  weather,  but  never  sell  two  such  stalwarts 
short. 


Commencement  June  17-19,  1945 

The  Baccalaureate  sermon  was  preached  on  June  17th 
by  Dr.  John  H.  Grey,  Jr.,  pastor  First  Presbyterian 
Church,  Charlottesville,  Va.  The  meeting  of  the  Board 
of  Trustees  was  held  in  the  Library  Monday  afternoon, 
June  1 8th.  The  Trustees  and  faculty  were  guests  of  the 
Navy  at  dinner  that  evening.  President  and  Mrs.  Gammon 
received  later  in  the  evening  at  "Middlecourt."  Their 
guests  were  visiting  officials  of  the  College,  members  of 
the  faculty,  and  families  of  the  graduates. 

Commencement  was  on  Tuesday  morning,  June  19th, 
Captain  William  R.  Headen,  of  the  United  States  Navy, 
made  the  address.  President  Gammon  awarded  honorary 
and  academic  degrees  as  follows:  Doctors  of  Divinity, 
A.  H.  Hollingsworth,  Second  Presbyterian  Church, 
Roanoke;  James  Sprunt,  Westminster  Presbyterian 
Church,  Lynchburg;  Doctors  of  Science,  Robert  W.  Bugg, 
'20,  St.  Christopher's  School,  Richmond;  George  F.  Howe, 
Commanding  Officer,  Naval  Unit,  Hampden-Sydney; 
Bachelor  of  Arts,  John  Estil  Thompson  {magna  cum  laude), 
Tazewell;  Thomas  Oscar  Hall  (summa  cum  laude),  Con- 
way, S.  C;  David  R.  Williams,  Rockville  Center,  N.  Y.; 
Bachelors  of  Science,  Charles  William  Alley  (cum  laude), 
Petersburg;  William  Saunders  Coxe  (summa  cum  laude), 
Roanoke;  Henry  M.  Tanner,  LaCrosse,  and  Joseph  L. 
Nelson,  Jr.,  Norfolk. 

President  Gammon  announced  that  William  Saunders 
Coxe  had  been  elected  to  the  William  H.  Whiting,  Jr., 
Scholarship  Society.  Mr.  Coxe's  four-year  average  was 
90.8. 

The  president  also  announced  the  following  gifts  to 
the  College  during  the  year:  Synod  of  Virginia,  #7,000, 
and  returns  fr.om  Hampden-Sydney  Day  in  the  Synod, 
$14,500;  from  two  educational  foundations,  $6,000;  from 
individuals,  $4,000;  from  friends  in  Charlotte,  N.  C, 
$1,050,  and  $43,600  through  the  alumni  fund — a  total  of 
$76,400. 

To  the  Outgoing  Navy  Trainees 

I'm  tired  of  saying  good-bye.  It  is  bad  enough  in 
ordinary  times;  it  is  keenly  distressing  in  a  world  like  ours. 

You  did  not  come  to  us  by  choice — you  came  under 
orders  from  the  United  States  Navy.  Even  so,  we  have 
tried  to  receive  you  as  our  own  and  to  do  for  you  all 
that  we  could. 

We  now  regard  you  not  only  as  potential  officers  in 
the  United  States  Navy,  but  also  as  Hampden-Sydney 
men  and  alumni  for  whom  we  will  ever  have  a  deep 
interest  and  an  abiding  affection. 

You  go  from  us  with  our  faith  and  our  prayers. 

Dr.  W.  H.  T.  Squires  in  U.  S.  Senate 

But  only  for  the  opening  prayer  service  on  April  26, 
1945,  when  he  officiated  through  the  invitation  of  Senator 
H.  F.  Byrd,  of  Virginia. 


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COMMENCEMENT  LUMINARIES 

Front,  Left  to  Right:     Dr.  Bugg,  Dr.  (Lt.)  Howe,  Captain  Ileaden, 
Dr.  Hollingsworth,  President  Gammon,  Dr.  Sprunt 
Back:    Graduates  Coxe,  Tanner,  Thompson,  Alley 


Honorary  Degrees 

President  Gammon,  on  behalf  of  the  Board  of  Trustees, 
conferred  the  following  honorary  degrees: 

Robert  W.  Bugg,  Bachelor  of  Arts,  Hampden-Sydney 
College,  Class  of  1920,  teacher,  example  and  inspirer  of 
youth,  loyal  alumnus  of  his  alma  mater — the  degree  of 
Doctor  of  Science. 

James  Sprunt,  Bachelor  of  Arts,  Davidson  College, 
Bachelor  of  Divinity,  Union  Theological  Seminary, 
Master  of  Theology,  Princeton  Theological  Seminary, 
gifted  minister  of  the  Truth,  descendant  of  many 
Hampden-Sydney  forebears — the  degree  of  Doctor  of 
Divinity. 

A.  Hayden  Hollingsworth,  Bachelor  of  Arts,  David- 
son College,  Bachelor  of  Divinity  and  Master  of  Theology, 
Union  Theological  Seminary,  able  minister  of  the  Gospel 
of  Christ,  and  devoted  leader  of  the  yeung — the  degree  of 
Doctor  of  Divinity. 

George  F.  Howe,  Bachelor  of  Arts  and  Master  of 
Arts  of  Clark  University,  administrator,  teacher,  patriot, 
Lieutenant  in  the  United  States  Navy — the  degree  of 
Doctor  of  Science. 


To  the  Class  Of  '45 

To  you  graduates  of  the  Class  of  1945,  let  me  com- 
mend you  with  all  I  have.  Yours  has  been  a  difficult 
task.  Your  college  life,  through  no  fault  of  your  own, 
has  occurred  in  times  the  like  of  which  we  never  dreamed 
to  see.  But  in  spite  of  the  unexpected,  the  disappointing 
and  the  difficult,  you  have  held  to  your  course  as  have 
many  Hampden-Sydney  men  before  you;  and  we  are  sure 
that  the  high  tradition  of  this  Christian  institution  will 
be  safely  carried  in  your  eager  and  willing  hands. 

Our  affection  and  our  prayers  are  yours. 

Edgar  G.  Gammon 

President 


Death  of  Doctor  Dabney 

The  General  Alumni  Association  has  learned  with 
deep  sorrow  of  the  death,  on  June  15,  1945,  of  its  great 
benefactor,  Charles  William  Dabney,  of  the  Class  of  1873. 

This  most  distinguished  son  of  the  College  has  for 
many  years  been  active  in  the  work  of  the  Association. 
In  this  connection,  his  greatest  achievement  was  the 
sustained  effort  he  put  forth  in  1926  to  revive  the  Associa- 
tion. He  traveled  to  various  points  in  this  and  other 
states,  holding  organization  meetings,  collecting  informa- 
tion about  Hampden-Sydney  men,  urging  the  alumni  to 
visit  the  College  to  see  for  themselves  the  great  improve- 
ments that  had  taken  place,  and  raising  money  to  support 
the  work  of  the  Association.  In  close  cooperation  with 
the  Administration,  he  succeeded  in  securing  the  services 
of  the  first  full-time  secretary,  an  officer  whom  he  con- 
tinued to  work  with  and  to  encourage.  The  "Dabney 
file"  is,  perhaps,  the  largest  of  all  in  the  alumni  office. 
A  letter  of  encouragement  was  received  by  the  executive 
secretary  just  a  few  days  before  the  doctor's  death. 

Some  alumni  say  that  Dr.  Dabney's  greatest  single 
piece  of  work,  connected  with  the  reorganizing  of  the 
Association,  was  his  founding  of  the  Record.  He  was 
its  first  editor-in-chief,  but  press  of  other  duties  soon 
forced  him  to  relinquish  the  responsibility  of  getting  out 
the  quarterly.  "But,"  said  he,  "in  Robert  K.  Brock 
we  have  the  best  man  in  the  country  to  carry  on  the 
editorial  work  of  our  quarterly." 

At  the  meeting  of  the  Association,  June  12,  1928, 
Dr.  Dabney  was  made  Honorary  President  for  Life  of 
the  Association.  By  that  action  the  alumni  wished  to 
show  their  appreciation  of  the  work  in  their  behalf  of 
this  great  and  good  friend.  Coming  years  will  continue 
to  show  the  debt  of  gratitude  the  alumni  of  the  College 
owe  Dr.  Charles  William  Dabney. 


Dr.  Hardy  Cross  Honored 

At  the  annual  meeting  of  the  American  Academy  of 
Arts  and  Sciences  on  May  9,  1945,  in  Boston,  Mass., 
Dr.  Hardy  Cross,  Class  of  1902,  was  one  of  the  new 
"Fellows"  chosen  to  membership.  Dr.  Cross  is  Professor 
of  Civil  Engineering  at  Yale  University. 


The  Outgoing  Battalion  in  front  of  the  "ship,"  Cushing,  June  IQ,  IQ45 


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Meeting  of  General  Alumni  Association 

A  brief  business  meeting  of  the  General  Alumni  As- 
sociation was  held  in  College  Church  immediately  after 
the  Commencement  exercises,  Tuesday  morning,  July 
19,  1945.  Robert  W.  Bugg,  President  of  the  Association, 
presided.  The  meeting  was  opened  with  prayer  by  Doctor 
J.  B.  Massey. 

The  minutes  of  the  last  meeting  were  read  and  ap- 
proved. 

J.  B.  Wall,  W.  H.  Bittinger,  and  Morton  Davis  were 
appointed  as  a  nominating  committee. 

P.  Tulane  Atkinson  gave  the  Treasurer's  report  (pub- 
lished herein).  In  this  connection  a  resolution  was  passed 
setting  aside  $50,000  from  the  Alumni  Fund  toward  the 
building  of  the  new  library. 

President  Gammon  told  of  his  visits  to  alumni  meetings 
in  Richmond,  New  York,  Waynesboro,  Roanoke  and 
Charleston,  W.  Va. 

The  Secretary  was  instructed  to  compose  a  suitable 
statement  expressing  the  sentiments  of  the  Association 
over  the  death  of  Doctor  Charles  William  Dabney,  which 
occurred  on  June  15,  1945.  This  statement  would  be 
published  in  the  July  Record  and  copies  sent  to  the 
members  of  Doctor  Dabney's  family. 

The  following  report  of  the  nominating  committee  was 
received:  For  President  of  the  Association,  William  R. 
Gardner;  Vice  President,  G.  H.  Thompson;  Treasurer, 
P.  T.  Atkinson;  Recording  Secretary,  G.  L.  Walker. 
These  nominees  were  duly  elected.    Adjournment. 


Hampden-Sydney  Alumni  Fund 

June  1,  1944 — May  31,  1945 
Revenue 

Cash  on  Deposit,  June  1,  1944 $10,917.74 

Bonds  on  Hand,  June  I,  1914 2,193.90 

For  Current  Year: 

Collections  Unrestricted $14,020.41 

Collections  for  Designated  Purposes. . .  .     34,199.84 

Bonds  Accepted  in  Payment  of  Pledges.  218.50         48,438.75 


Collections  on  Pledges  of  Previous  Year. 


180.00 


Total  Revenue  for  the  Year $61,730.39 

Disbursements 

Total  Operating  Expenses.  ...   $  4,526.58 
Cost  of  Alumni  Record 2,379.62 


Set  Aside  for  Library  Fund    .  .   $50,000.00 
Paid  for  Sundry  Designated 

Purposes 1,492.50 


$  6,906.20 


51,492.50 
919.29 


Cash  on  Deposit,  June  1,  1945 

Bonds  on  Deposit,  June  1,  1945 2,412.40 

(Pledges  not  yet  paid,  $381.25) 


$61,730.39 


Needed 

Issues  of  the  Record  for  July,  1943,  and  July,  1944,  are 
greatly  needed.  Certain  articles  in  those  issues  caused 
unusual  requests  for  those  numbers.  If  friends  have  copies 
to  spare,  the  Alumni  office,  Hampden-Sydney,  Va.,  will 
be  glad  to  receive  such  copies. 


Rev.  Thomas  K.  Young,  D. 
Honored  by  the  Church 


D. 


Dr.  Young,  of  the  Class  of  1908,  was  elected  moderator 
of  the  85th  Annual  General  Assembly  of  the  Southern 
Presbyterian  Church,  meeting  in  Montreat,  N.  C,  on 
May  24th,  last.  Dr.  Young  is  now  pastor  of  the  Idlewild 
Presbyterian  Church  of  Memphis,  Tenn. 

Portrait  of  Judge  Walter  A.  Watson 
Presented  to  County  of  Nottoway 

INTERESTING  exercises  were  held  at  Nottoway 
.Courthouse  on  June  13,  1945,  the  occasion  being  the 
presentation  by  the  family  of  Judge  Watson  of  his  por- 
trait to  the  County  of  Nottoway.  The  presentation,  in 
an  able  and  finished  address,  was  made  by  W.  Moncure 
Gravatt,  a  distinguished  member  of  the  Nottoway  Bar. 
He  was  followed  by  an  address  by  George  K.  Taylor,  Jr., 
well-known  attorney  of  Amelia  County,  who  had  known 
Judge  Watson  for  many  years  and  narrated  a  number  of 
interesting  incidents  of  his  life.  Informal  talks  by  others 
were  made,  among  them  one  by  William  Hodges  Mann, 
Jr.,  Class  of  '09. 

Judge  Walter  A.  Watson,  of  the  Class  of  '87,  was  per- 
haps the  most  distinguished  alumnus  of  the  College  who 
has  gone  out  from  its  doors  within  the  past  fifty  years. 
As  a  student  he  showed  even  at  that  early  date  marked 
ability  as  an  orator  and  debater.  At  the  early  age  of  24 
he  was  elected  to  the  Senate  of  Virginia,  where  he  at 
once  assumed  a  position  of  leadership.  A  successful 
practitioner  of  law,  he  was  elevated  to  the  bench  of  the 
Circuit  Court  for  the  Fourth  Judicial  Circuit,  over  which 
he  presided  with  marked  dignity,  ability  and  fairness. 
Resigning  from  the  bench  he  was  elected  to  the  United 
States  Congress,  where  his  distinguished  career  continued 
until  his  untimely  death  on  December  24,  1919. 


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Lieut.  John  Franklin  Kincaid,  '38 


Holland,  and  Bastogne.     They  gave  him  a  medal  which 
he  promptly  lost." 

The  latest  news  (July  1st)  from  our  distinguished  friend 
is  that  he  is  now  stationed  at  Berchtesgaden.  Said  an 
enthusiastic  friend:  "If  Hitler  is  anywhere  near  his  old 
hang-out  now,  Gordon  Cosby  is  very  likely  to  find  him." 


Student  Officers  Elected 

Just  previous  to  the  June  Commencement,  the  civilian 
student  body,  which  has  maintained  its  student  govern- 
ment organization,  held  an  election  of  officers.  Oliver  C. 
Greenwood,  popular  senior,  hailing  from  Amelia,  was 
named  President. 

Associated  with  him  are  Harvey  E.  Jeffreys,  a  junior, 
from  Chase  City,  Va.,  as  Vice  President,  and  Charles  G. 
Fitzpatrick,  of  Richmond,  as  Secretary  and  Treasurer. 

The  members  of  the  Student  Assembly  and  Student 
Council  will  be  elected  at  the  beginning  of  the  new  term, 
July  2d. 


John  Franklin  Kincaid,  '38 

A  letter  from  Rev.  Robert  Fulton,  '42,  pastor  of  the 
Presbyterian  Church  at  Leesburg,  Va.,  reported  that  on 
April  25th  news  had  come  from  the  Navy  Department 
to  Mr.  and  Mrs.  John  F.  Kincaid,  of  Leesburg,  Va.,  that 
their  son,  John  Franklin  Kincaid,  '38,  lieutenant,  U.  S.  N. 
Medical  Corps,  had  been  killed  in  action  on  a  destroyer 
off  Okinawa  on  April  12,  1945.  This  promising  young 
doctor  was  born  May  9,  1917,  graduated  at  Hampden- 
Sydney  College  in  1938,  entered  the  Medical  School  of 
Duke  Un'versity  at  once  and  graduated  in  1942.  After 
serving  as  interne  in  Johns  Hopkins  Hospital,  he  entered 
service  in  July,  1943.  He  was  on  the  Normandy  Beaches 
on  D-day  aiding  and  treating  the  sick  and  the  wounded. 
Later  he  was  ordered  to  the  West  Coast.  Before  going 
on  sea  duty  he  married  on  December  2,  1944,  in  San 
Diego,  Cal.,  Miss  Esther  E.  Rogers,  of  Hamilton,  Va. 
Early  in  January,  1945,  he  sailed  for  the  South  Pacific. 
He  was  happy  and  useful  in  his  work.  In  the  last  letter 
received  from  him,  written  shortly  before  his  death,  he 
reported  that  all  was  well.  And  this  was  true;  for  he 
lived  as  a  Christian  and  was  ready  when  the  end  came. 


Dr.  \V.  Herman  Bell 


4EJOC3- 

Captain  Newton  Gordon  Cosby,  '42 
Praised  by  Returned  Veteran 

In  an  interview  with  a  reporter  from  the  Washington 
Post,  Corporal  Richard  A.  Bushnell,  returned  veteran 
from  the  beleagured  Bastogne,  said:  "You  do  not  want 
to  write  about  me.  Put  something  in  your  paper  about 
Captain  N.  Gordon  Cosby.  He's  chaplain  of  our  outfit 
and  comes  from  right  across  the  river  in  Alexandria 
where  he  was  preaching  before  he  joined  up.  There's  a 
man  for  you;  would  go  right  out  into  all  that  hell  with- 
out a  gun  and  drag  in  wounded  boys.  He  was  in  my 
glider  load  going  into  Holland  (the  ioist  Airborne, 
"Screaming  Eagles").     We  were  together  in  Normandy, 


Dr.  W.  Herman  Bell 

He  is  a  field  director  of  the  American  Red  Cross,  enjoys 
his  work,  and  is  grateful  for  the  opportunity  to  advise 
and  help  the  soldiers  who  are  a  fine  lot  of  boys,  generous, 
loyal,  and  appreciative  of  all  that  is  done  for  them.  On 
the  way  across  Germany  he  and  his  comrades  stayed  in 
all  sorts  of  places — barracks,  factories,  physics  labora- 
tories. Once  he  slept  in  a  room  small  and  comfortable 
enough;  but  the  family  cow  occupied  a  room  across  a 
narrow  hall.  He  has  been  well  in  spite  of  the  hard  life 
and  exposure  to  the  German  V-2's. 

(The  Editors  think  the  likeness  they  were  fortunate 
to  secure  of  him  in  field  equipment  shows  him  a  bit 
"drawn,"  and  this  might  well  be  the  case  since  he  had 
been  for  weeks  on  K  rations.) 


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Birthplace 

is  Now 

on  the 

Campus 


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the  trailer  and  placed  on  jacks 


IN  Nathaniel  Venable's  office  at  "Slate  Hill,"  three 
.miles  from  Hampden-Sydney,  the  final  plans  were 
made  for  the  establishment  of  the  College.  The  office 
was  then  in  the  yard,  west  of  the  residence.  Many  years 
ago  it  was  moved  by  Major  Richard  M.  Venable  and 
attached  to  the  main  building. 

In  July,  1943,  our  College  Librarian,  Mrs.  Boysworth, 
said  to  me,  "The  office  at  'Slate  Hill'  should  be  moved 
to  our  campus.    What  do  you  think  of  it?" 

"I  think  it  would  be  most  fitting,  if  it  were  possible 
to  do  it,"  I  replied.    "How  would  you  go  at  it?" 

"Just  take  it  up,  put  it  on  a  truck,  and  move  it,"  she 
said,  "there  are  trucks  made  to  move  houses." 

"How  about  the  cost  of  moving  and  the  cost  of  pur- 
chasing the  office?" 

"I  have  spoken  to  President  Gammon  about  it,  and 
have  given  him  an  estimate  of  the  cost  of  moving.  He 
is  heartily  in  favor  of  the  idea,  and  says  he  will  find  the 
money,  without  spending  any  College  funds;  and  now 
I  am  going  to  see  the  MacFarland  brothers  and  ask  them 
to  donate  the  Office  for  the  purpose." 

Mrs.  Boysworth  had  consulted  Mr.  Samuel  L.  Graham 
(Hampden-Sydney,  191 1),  Business  Manager  of  the  State 
Teachers  College,  who  was  experienced  in  such  matters. 
He  in  turn  had  consulted  Willie  Redd,  of  Farmville,  who 
agreed  to  have  the  Office  moved  when  his  war  duties 
permitted  (he  was  then  working  at  Camp  Pickett).  Mr. 
Graham  was  most  helpful,  also,  in  advising  about  the 
restoration  of  some  of  the  old  woodwork;  the  securing  of 
certain  essential  materials,  and  in  other  particulars  too 
numerous  to  mention. 

Messrs.  Gordon  and  Marvin  MacFarland  were  ap- 
proached, and  generously  agreed  to  give  the  Office  to 
the  College.  And  so  the  plan  looked  easy  of  accomplish- 
ment. But  it  wasn't,  for  it  was  not  until  July,  1944, 
that  Willie  Redd  was  able  to  get  "time  out"  and  secure 
the  truck  from  Richmond,  and  fulfill  his  contract.    More- 


over, every  foot  of  the  road  from  Slate  Hill  to  Highway 
15  had  to  be  examined  to  see  whether  it  was  wide  enough 
to  accommodate  the  truck;  whether  it  was  sound  enough 
to  bear  the  load;  whether  the  little  bridge  near  Route 
15  would  stand  the  strain;  whether  the  sharp  turns  at 
Slate  Hill  and  at  the  junction  with  Route  15  could  be 
made.  And  what  about  the  telephone  and  electric  light 
wires  on  the  way;  what  about  the  overhanging  limbs; 
which  route  was  preferable — by  Kingsville,  or  by  Mercy 
Seat  Church;  and  if  the  latter,  could  that  very  sharp 
turn  be  made  at  Mercy  Seat?  These  and  other  questions 
had  to  be  answered  in  advance,  and  they  were  all  care- 
fully considered  by  Mr.  Graham;  by  Willie  Redd;  by 
Mr.  W.  W.  Nichols,  the  highway  superintendent  of  this 
district;  by  Mr.  Robert  F.  Lynch,  of  the  Virginia  Electric 
and  Power  Company;  by  Mr.  K.  P.  Straw,  of  the  Virginia 
Telephone  and  Telegraph  Company;  by  Mr.  W.  J. 
Sturts,  of  Dinwiddie  County,  who  is  experienced  in  mov- 
ing buildings,  and  by  Mr.  E.  C.  Phillips,  of  Richmond, 
whose  truck  was  to  be  used.  Others  will  be  mentioned 
later. 

In  telling  me  of  the  day  the  Office  was  moved,  Mrs. 
Boysworth  said,  "I  never  witnessed  more  perfect  co- 
operation, and  without  this  the  job  could  not  have  been 
done.  There  was  not  a  miscalculation  anywhere.  Limbs 
of  trees  and  the  telephone  and  electric  light  wires  were 
carefully  lifted;  not  a  limb  or  wire  was  cut.  The  driver 
of  the  truck  was  most  careful  and  handled  the  truck  with 
the  utmost  skill.  I  do  not  know  where  to  stop  in  giving 
my  thanks  to  all  who  took  part." 

The  route  was  by  Mercy  Seat  Church,  and  the  driver 
negotiated  perfectly  the  very  sharp  turn  that  had  to  be 
made  there.  There  were  spectators  all  along  the  route; 
the  youngest  being  George  William  Walker  II,  grandson 
of  Professor  George  L.  Walker,  and  a  fourth  great- 
grandson  of  Nathaniel  Venable. 

The  chimney  was  taken  down  at  Slate  Hill,  brick  by 


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Mr.  Marvin  MacFarland  and  Mr.  Gordon  MacFarland,  the  present  owners 

of  "Slate  Hill."    These  gentlemen  very  generously  donated  the  "Birthplace 

of  Hampden-Sydney"  to  the  College  and  gave  of  their  time  and  energy  in 

moving  and  restoring  the  little  building 

brick,  and  rebuilt  on  the  campus.  Some  of  the  weather- 
boarding  and  wainscoting  was  badly  decayed,  and  had 
to  be  removed  and  replaced  with  like  material,  which 
wasn't  easy  to  find.  After  diligent  search,  Mrs.  Boys- 
worth  found  at  Scott-Greene  exactly  what  was  needed, 
and  secured  it  (legally,  of  course).  The  old  wood  shingles 
had  long  ago  disappeared,  and  a  rusty  tin  roof  had  taken 
their  place.  While  a  debate  was  in  progress,  whether  to 
replace  the  tin  roof  at  once,  or  whether  it  would  not  be 
best  to  wait  until  spring  and  have  suitable  shingles  cut, 
a  windstorm  came  along,  folded  up  the  tin,  and  dumped 
it  on  the  ground.  Said  Mrs.  Boysworth,  "Providence 
has  taken  a  hand  and  decided  that  the  roof  must  be 
restored  at  once,  but  where  are  we  to  get  the  shingles?" 
The  Williamsburg  Restoration  was  consulted,  and  advised 
asbestos  shingles  of  the  proper  make.  The  Taylor  Manu- 
facturing Company  of  Farmville,  local  agent  for  the 
asbestos  shingles,  was  consulted.  Result:  A  Johns- 
Mannville  salesman  promptly  appeared,  and  said,  "We 
have  a  few  shingles  left  of  the  kind  you  need,  but  I  am 
not  sure  we  have  enough  of  them  to  cover  the  roof." 
Measurements  were  made,  and  the  supply  exactly  met 
the  demand.     Providence  again. 

Mr.  B.  T.  Taylor  let  the  shingles  go  at  cost,  thus  saving 
about  $80,  and  then  had  them  hauled  from  the  depot 
without  cost  to  the  College;  another  illustration  of  very 
practical  cooperation.  Mr.  Jesse  Ailstock,  one  of  our 
students,  and  an  expert  photographer,  took  several  pic- 
tures of  the  Office:  (a)  at  Slate  Hill;  (b)  as  it  came  out 
on  Route  15,  (c)  as  it  entered  the  College  grounds;  (d) 
as  it  was  put  at  its  final  resting  place,  a  short  distance 
southeast  of  the  Administration  Building,  and  facing 
north. 

The  quaint  little  building  has  been  painted  white,  and 
is  attractive.  It  is  proposed  to  put  at  the  door  the  old 
John  Peter  Mettauer  stone  doorstep,  and,  possibly,  next 


to  it  the  mounting  stone  used  by  Mrs.  Harrison,  wife  of 
President  William  Henry  Harrison,  of  the  famous  Class 
of  1 79 1. 

Thornton  S.  Baskervill,  '97,  present  owner  of  the  old 
chapel  at  Worsham  (known  a  hundred  years  ago  as  the 
Constitutional  Presbyterian  Church)  has  kindly  donated 
some  benches  from  the  chapel  to  be  made  into  a  mantel- 
piece for  the  Birthplace. 

The  Office  will  be  a  shrine,  where  interesting  relics  and 
memorials  will  be  placed.  Among  these  will  be  Nathaniel 
Yenable's  sword,  and  the  old  Venable  Bible,  both  given 
by  Miss  Emma  C.  Venable;  photo  reproductions  of  original 
documents  relating  to  the  founding  of  the  College;  hand- 
made bookcases  owned  by  Patrick  Henry,  one  of  our 
first  Trustees — donated  by  Mrs.  Lucy  Gray  Harrison, 
late  of  Red  Hill;  a  photo  copy  of  a  letter  written  in  1779 
by  Samuel  Stanhope  Smith,  our  first  President,  to  his 
father-in-law,  President  John  Witherspoon,  of  Princeton; 
a  photo  copy  of  a  letter  written  by  John  Witherspoon 
in  May,  1776,  to  his  son,  David,  who  was  a  member  of 
the  faculty  here,  and  was  in  July,  1776,  elected  an  officer 
in  the  student  military  company;  and  the  framed  diploma 
of  Nathaniel  E.  Venable,  the  builder  of  the  present 
"Longwood,"  and  a  grandson  of  Nathaniel  Venable. 
This  was  given  by  Mr.  E.  C.  V.  Boykin,  '08,  whose 
relationship  to  the  Office  is,  figuratively  speaking,  that  of 
a  third  great-grandson;  and  with  the  diploma  came  the 
gift  of  a  beautiful  copy  of  Howe's  "Virginia." 

The  size  of  the  Office  is  16  feet,  four  inches  in  width, 
and  in  length  20  feet,  six  inches.  Such  is,  or  are,  the 
mathematics  of  it.  But  it  assumes  a  much  larger  size 
from  the  standpoint  of  a  great  sentiment.  It  has  come 
home  to  its  own,  and  its  presence  on  the  campus  is  an 
event  in  the  history  of  the  College;  as  the  President  has 
aptly  said. 

J.  D.  Eggleston 


The  William  and  Jacob  Morton  Oak 

Mr.  W.  S.  Morton,  '80,  has  made  a  donation  to  the 
College,  with  the  request  that  it  be  used  to  plant  a  young 
oak  near  the  "Slate  Hill"  Office  (recently  moved  to  the 
campus,  as  described  elsewhere  in  this  issue);  the  oak  to 
be  a  memorial  to  Captains  William  and  Jacob  Morton, 
both  of  whom  were  born  at  "Slate  Hill";  both  trustees  of 
the  College;  both  warm  friends  of  John  Blair  Smith,  who 
in  July,  1776,  was  elected  Captain  of  the  Student  Military 
Company. 

A  few  years  ago  a  young  oak  was  purchased  and  planted 
by  Dr.  Booker  near  where  the  Office  now  stands.  It  is 
growing  nicely  and  promises  to  be  as  beautiful  and  sturdy 
as  the  Constitutional  Oak  planted  by  President  Richard 
Mcllwaine  in  1902.  With  Mr.  Morton's  permission,  this 
young  oak,  shown  in  the  foreground  of  the  picture  on  the 
cover  of  the  Record,  will  be  tagged  as  the  William  and 
Jacob  Morton  Oak,  and  his  donation  will  be  used  towards 
finishing  the  interior  of  the  Office. 

William  and  Jacob  Morton  were  sons  of  Joseph  Morton, 
who  owned  the  "Slate  Hill"  plantation,  and  sold  it  to 
Richard  Woodson,  who  in  turn  presented  it  to  his  son-in- 
law,  Nathaniel  Venable,  and  wife,  Elizabeth  Woodson. 
These  brothers  saw  active  service  in  the  War  of  the  Revo- 
lution. Captain  William  Morton  led  a  company  to  the 
assistance  of  General  Greene  at  Guilford  Court  House, 
and  in  a  hand-to-hand  fight  slew  an  English  officer. 


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Charles  William  Dabney 


Charles  Wm.  Dabney,  '73 


(Written  by  Dr.  J.  D.  Eggleston,  President  Emeritus  of  Hampden- 
Sydney,  who  has  known  him  intimately  since  childhood,  and  who  worked 
under  and  with  him  for  many  years.) 

PREPARATION 

BORN  at  Hampden- 
Sydney  Virginia, 
June  19,  1855;  graduated 
at  Hampden-Sydney  Col- 
lege in  1873  with  the 
degree  of  Bachelor  of  Arts ; 
in  order  to  have  funds  to 
enter  the  University  of 
Virginia  taught  a  country 
public  school,  where  he 
prepared  boys  for  college; 
entered  the  University  of 
Virginia  in  1874,  remain- 
ing three  years. 

Following  the  War  of 
1861-65,  and  the  depleting 
days  of  Reconstruction, 
the  South  was  financially 
prostrate.  Young  Dab- 
ney's  father,  a  minister 
and  classical  scholar,  who 
had  been  Stonewall  Jack- 
son's Chief-of-Staff,  and 
Dr.  L.  L.  Holladay, 
his  science  teacher  at 
Hampden-Sydney,  im- 
pressed upon  the  young 
man  the  necessity  for  the  upbuilding  of  the  South  by  the 
development  of  its  natural  and  human  resources.  He 
therefore  determined  to  specialize  in  the  natural  sciences, 
to  which  he  had  had  only  an  introduction  at  Hampden- 
Sydney. 

He  spent  three  years  at  the  University  of  Virginia, 
studying  chemistry,  physics,  and  mathematics.  He  was 
fortunate  in  having  as  his  teacher  in  chemistry  the  famous 
John  W.  Mallet  (an  Englishman  who  had  studied  in 
Germany,  and  who  had  introduced  laboratory  work  at 
the  University).  As  Dabney  intended  to  study  in  Ger- 
many, he  studied  French  and  German  under  Scheie  de 
Vere,  who  spoke  both  languages.  Diplomas  not  being 
given  at  that  time,  he  received  certificates  of  graduation 
in  all  these  subjects.  To  prepare  himself  for  public  speak- 
ing, he  did  active  work  in  the  Jefferson  Literary  Society, 
as  he  had  done  at  Hampden-Sydney. 

After  one  year  of  teaching  the  sciences  at  Emory  and 
Henry  College,  Virginia,  where  he  introduced  laboratory 
work  in  chemistry  and  physics,  he  studied  at  the  Univer- 
sity of  Gottingen  and,  during  the  holidays,  attended 
lectures  at  Berlin,  under  Woehler,  then  considered  the 
foremost  chemist  in  Germany;  under  Hoffman;  under  Von 
Helmholtz,  and  under  DuBois  Reymond.  With  great 
physical  strength  and  health,  and  with  a  mind  as  strong 
as  oak,  he  put  forth  his  utmost  efforts  to  improve  every 
minute  in  his  studies  in  organic  and  inorganic  chemistry; 
in  mineralogy,  and  gave  time  to  the  study  of  agricultural 
chemistry.  He  took  his  degree  of  Doctor  of  Philosophy, 
magna  cum  laude,  in  two  years. 


WHAT  HE  ACCOMPLISHED 

A.    As  Founder  and  Director  of  the  North  Carolina 
Experiment  Station 

Before  returning  to  the  States,  Dr.  Dabney  was  offered 
the  choice  of  the  professorship  of  Chemistry  at  the  Univer- 
sity of  North  Carolina,  and  of  the  position  of  State  Chemist 
of  North  Carolina.  Looking  the  field  over  at  first  hand,  he 
chose  the  latter,  and  more  difficult,  position,  and  induced 
the  authorities  to  give  his  friend,  Francis  P.  Venable,  the 
professorship  of  Chemistry  at  the  University,  where  he 
built  up  a  great  department. 

Fortunately  the  Act  creating  the  position  of  State 
Chemist  was  broad  enough  to  permit  the  establishment  of 
a  State  Experiment  Station  on  a  scientific  basis.  Here 
was  an  opportunity  too  important  to  let  slip.  At  that  time 
there  was  but  one  Experiment  Station  to  follow — the  one 
in  Connecticut.  In  Europe,  Dabney  had  visited  and 
studied  the  Agricultural  Institute  in  Gottingen,  and  had 
added  to  his  knowledge  of  scientific  field  work  in  agricul- 
ture by  studying  the  reports  of  the  Director  of  the  Rotham- 
stead  Farm  in  England. 

With  what  means  he  had,  Dabney  established  a  labora- 
tory in  a  room  of  an  old  hotel  in  Raleigh;  gathered  around 
him  several  college  and  university  men;  and  began 
laboratory  work  on  fertilizers,  minerals,  etc.;  while  train- 
ing the  young  men  in  laboratory  methods.  With  them  he 
made  trips  throughout  the  State,  looking  for  mineral 
deposits  that  might  prove  of  value  to  the  State  and  to  the 
country  at  large.  From  these  field  investigations  valuable 
deposits  were  found  and  developed;  the  young  men  be- 
came experts  in  practical  mineralogy,  in  industrial 
chemistry,  and  were  in  great  demand.  In  the  manufacture 
of  cotton  and  tobacco,  better  methods  were  suggested  by 
Dabney  and  were  adopted;  some  of  them  revolutionary  in 
saving  time  and  money. 

While  he  was  in  North  Carolina,  The  Watauga  Club 
was  organized  by  Walter  Hines  Page,  Edwin  P.  Moses, 
Dabney,  and  a  few  others,  the  purposes  of  which  were  to 
revolutionize  public  education  in  the  State;  to  encourage 
the  study  of  the  practical  sciences  in  State  institutions; 
to  work  for  the  upbuilding  of  industries;  to  develop 
scientific  agriculture.  Much  good  was  done  in  arousing 
public  opinion. 

B.  At  the  University  of  Tennessee 
Dabney's  work  in  North  Carolina  became  known  in 
Tennessee,  and  a  committee  of  the  Board  of  Trustees  of 
the  University  of  that  State  visited  him  in  1887  and  asked 
him  to  become  professor  of  Agricultural  Chemistry  and 
Director  of  the  Tennessee  Experiment  Station.  Visiting 
the  institution  and  making  a  thorough  study  of  the  condi- 
tions then  existing,  he  told  the  Board  that  he  could  not 
accept  the  offer  unless  he  was  permitted  to  make  changes 
that  would  be  drastic.  The  institution  was  in  politics  up 
to  its  eyes;  with  Federal  funds  (under  the  Morrill  Act)  for 
the  development  of  agriculture  and  the  mechanic  arts, 
neither  was  being  developed,  and  the  negroes  were  getting 
nothing.  The  faculty  was  in  large  measure  incompetent. 
There  were  1 25  students,  of  whom  50  were  in  a  preparatory 
department;  the  medical  school  was  a  farce.  So  far  from 
being  rebuffed  or  insulted  by  these  statements,  the  Board 


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offered  him  the  Presidency  of  the  University,  in  addition 
to  the  positions  already  tendered  him.  He  agreed  to  as- 
sume these  responsibilities  on  condition  that  he  be  granted 
practically  unlimited  authority  to  make  changes  and  to 
reorganize  the  entire  plant.  He  became  President,  and 
held  the  three  positions  1887-90,  and  the  Presidency  1887- 
1904.  It  was  not  easy  "going." 

In  this  period  college  standards  had  been  inaugurated; 
a  competent  faculty  had  been  installed;  the  negroes  were 
given  their  proper  proportion  of  the  Federal  funds;  the 
number  of  professors  and  adjunct  professors  had  grown 
from  six  to  twenty-two,  and  the  instructors  from  six  to 
seventeen;  the  preparatory  department  had  been  abolished 
and  the  student  body  had  grown  nearly  seven-fold;  and 
this  in  the  face  of  few  standard  high  schools.  Dr.  Dabney's 
transformation  of  conditions  at  the  University  had  at- 
tracted national  attention.  In  an  editorial  in  The  Outlook, 
published  in  New  York,  Dr.  Lyman  Abbott  spoke  in  high 
terms  of  the  remarkable  work  done  by  President  Dabney 
at  the  University  of  Tennessee. 

C.  In  the  United  States  Department  of  Agriculture 
One  would  suppose  that  all  of  Dr.  Dabney's  time  and 
constructive  abilities  would  be  absorbed  in  his  position  as 
President  of  the  University.  But  during  this  period  he 
did  notable  service  for  the  Nation  and  for  the  South.  In 
President  Cleveland's  second  administration  he  was 
asked  by  the  President  to  become  Assistant  Secretary 
of  Agriculture. 

Here  his  work  was  of  such  a  nature  that  when  President 
McKinley  was  inaugurated,  he  asked  Dr.  Dabney  to 
remain,  and  offered  to  create  for  him  a  special  position  in 
the  Department  of  Agriculture;  the  plan  being  to  make 
for  him  a  permanent  place,  unaffected  by  changing  ad- 
ministrations. Dr.  Dabney  preferred,  however,  to  return 
to  his  work  at  the  University. 

D.  For  Public  Education  in  the  South 
And  now  came  his  opportunity  to  serve  the  South  in  a 
great  and  lasting  way.  In  1898  a  Conference  for  Educa- 
tion in  the  South  had  been  held  at  Capon  Springs,  West 
Virginia,  the  leaders  of  which  were  men  of  the  North  who 
wished  to  do  something  for  the  mountain  whites  and  the 
negroes  of  the  South.  To  this  and  the  subsequent  annual 
conferences,  educators  and  ministers  of  the  South  were 
invited  to  give  their  views  as  to  what  should  be  done. 
Principal  H.  B.  Frissell,  of  Hampton  Institute,  Virginia, 
one  of  the  leaders  of  the  Conference,  knowing  of  Dr. 
Dabney's  constructive  work,  and  of  his  interest  in  the 
education  of  all  the  children  of  all  the  people,  visited  him 
at  Knoxville  in  the  winter  of  1902,  and  asked  him  to 
attend  the  next  Conference. 

Dr.  Dabney  frankly  declined.  He  told  Dr.  Frissell  that 
the  Conference  would  get  nowhere  by  meeting  at  Capon 
Springs  and  by  trying  to  solve  the  educational  problems 
of  the  people  of  the  South  by  attempting  to  confine  its 
interests  to  the  Southern  negroes  and  the  mountain  whites. 
What  the  South  needed,  he  said,  was  to  be  told  the  truth 
as  to  its  great  lack  of  adequate  public  schools  for  both 
races;  and  its  duty  to  provide  by  taxation  for  these.  At 
Dr.  FrisselPs  request,  Dr.  Dabney  stated  that  he  would 
get  an  invitation  for  the  Conference  to  meet  in  some 
strategic  city  in  the  South;  and  upon  Dr.  Frissell's  further 
request,  Dr.  Dabney  agreed  to  make  an  address,  setting 
forth  the  actual  conditions  and  "the  way  out."  He  secured 
an  invitation  from  Winston-Salem,  North  Carolina,  for 
the  next  meeting  of  the  Conference,  and  made  the  principal 


address.  Great  publicity  was  given  to  this  meeting,  and 
representative  educators  were  present  from  every  Southern 
state. 

When  he  went  to  Tennessee  to  take  charge  of  the 
University  at  Knoxville,  he  saw  that  the  University  and 
other  higher  institutions  in  that  State,  and  that  Tennessee 
itself,  could  get  nowhere  in  the  life  of  the  Nation,  without 
adequate  schools.  This  led  to  a  study  of  public  education, 
not  only  in  Tennessee  but  in  every  state  in  the  South.  And 
that  study  was  done  with  the  Doctor's  invariable  thorough- 
ness. 

And  so,  when  he  spoke  at  Winston-Salem,  he  spoke  as 
one  having  knowledge  of  the  actual  conditions.  No  such 
factual  statement  had  ever  been  presented  in  so  plain  and 
truthful  a  manner  by  a  man  who  was  himself  a  native  of 
the  South.  What  the  people  of  the  South  needed,  he  said, 
was  to  be  told  the  conditions,  which  were  appalling,  and 
he  described  them;  the  remedy,  which  was  the  taxation 
of  themselves  for  their  own  schools.  And  all  the  children, 
white  and  negro,  must  be  included.  Donations  from 
philanthropists  of  the  North  were  needed  and  would  be 
welcome,  but  the  problem  was  more  than  private  philan- 
thropy could  undertake.  Upon  request  from  Dr.  Robert 
C.  Ogden,  of  New  York,  the  leader  of  the  Conference,  Dr. 
Dabney  outlined  plans  of  organization  by  which  the 
people  of  the  entire  South  could  be  reached,  through  the 
daily  and  weekly  papers,  and  through  addresses  in  every 
nook  and  cranny  of  the  South.  These  plans  were  adopted; 
the  Conference  was  brought  down  from  the  clouds  to  earth. 
The  expenses  of  agitation  for  the  enlightenment  of  the 
people  were  underwritten  by  philanthropists  of  the  North 
and  South. 

The  response  was  phenomenal  throughout  the  South — 
and  it  was  permanent.  Out  of  it  came  the  great  gifts  of 
John  D.  Rockefeller,  through  the  General  Education 
Board — gifts  which  eventually  encircled  the  world.  The 
writer  has  seen  a  letter  recently  written  by  one  of  the  great 
leaders  in  this  educational  movement,  in  which  letter  he 
wrote  to  Dr.  Dabney,  "Your  address  at  the  Conference  in 
Winston-Salem  was  a  turning  point  in  the  history  of  the 
South."  At  the  request  of  the  General  Education  Board 
of  New  York,  Dr.  Dabney  wrote  his  monumental  work, 
"Universal  Education  in  the  South,"  in  which  the  story 
is  told  of  the  great  awakening  of  the  Southern  people; 
and  of  the  great  and  continuing  increase  in  taxes  for  public 
education.  That  Dr.  Dabney  was  the  only  factor  in  it,  no 
one  claims;  that  he  was  a  very  great  factor,  no  one  disputes. 
The  General  Education  Board  paid  the  costs  for  the  story 
of  the  part  that  the  Conference  for  Education  and  the 
Southern  Education  Board  took  in  the  great  awakening; 
but,  believing  that  this  story  would  be  greatly  enhanced  in 
value  if  the  background  of  public  education  in  the  South 
was  given,  beginning  with  Colonial  days,  Dr.  Dabney,  at 
very  considerable  personal  expense,  wrote  the  whole — and 
the  definitive — story. 

In  accomplishing  such  results  in  the  South,  it  should  be 
borne  in  mind  that  at  least  one-half  of  his  energies  had  to  be 
expended  to  induce  a  conservative  people,  out  of  their 
poverty,  to  increase  their  taxes  manifold. 

E.  As  President  of  the  University  of  Cincinnati 
It  was  because  of  his  constructive  work  in  Tennessee 
that  Dr.  Dabney  was  asked  to  become  President  of  the 
University  of  Cincinnati,  which  was  created  by  the 
municipal  university  act  passed  by  the  Ohio  Legislature 
in  1870,  and  the  purpose  of  which  act  was  to  unite  three 
existing  institutions,  one  of  which  was  the  old  Cincinnati 


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College.  It  was  Dr.  Dabney's  task  and  opportunity  to 
build  up  the  then  existing  University;  to  weld  other  in- 
stitutions into  its  corporate  body;  to  found,  within  the 
University,  a  college  of  engineering  and  commerce,  and  a 
college  for  teachers.  For  these  purposes  large  sums  of 
money  were  necessary. 

He  made  a  thorough  study  of  the  conditions,  and  found 
that  bad  management  and  municipal  politics  had  greatly 
crippled  the  University.  To  improve  the  one  in  the  face 
of  the  other  was  a  colossal  task.  He  wrote  to  a  few  friends, 
asking  their  opinion  as  to  his  accepting  the  position.  Among 
these  was  President  Charles  W.  Eliot,  of  Harvard,  who 
strongly  advised  him  not  to  undertake  it,  because  the 
University  and  the  city  were  so  steeped  in  politics.  Others 
advised  him  to  accept  the  challenge.  He  decided  to  do  it, 
and  to  attempt  to  build  a  great  municipal  university. 
Several  years  later,  President  Eliot  made  an  address  at 
the  University,  and  while  there  he  congratulated  President 
Dabney  on  his  great  success. 

A  mill  tax  was  put  through.  That  was  one  of  the  first 
steps.  Today  this  is  the  equivalent  of  an  endowment  of 
about  #15,000,000.  In  addition  to  this,  from  time  to 
time,  by  vote  of  the  citizens,  bonds  were  issued  for  the 
erection  of  many  of  the  University  buildings.  Then,  too, 
when  wealthy  philanthropists  of  the  city,  who  had  held 
back  because  of  city  politics,  saw  that  the  University  was 
now  free  of  these  influences,  large  sums  were  given  by 
them. 

The  total  number  of  students  in  his  administration, 
1904-1920,  rose  from  a  few  hundred  to  nearly  3,500  for 
day  classes,  and  to  2,000  for  the  evening  classes  which  he 
had  started.  The  faculty  increased  in  proportion.  In  191 2, 
only  eight  years  after  Dr.  Dabney's  inauguration,  The 
New  York  Times  (July  10,  191 2)  called  attention,  in  an 
editorial,  to  the  constructive  work  done  by  Dr.  Dabney 
in  establishing  a  "strictly  municipal  university"  on  so 
broad  and  sound  a  basis  as  he  had  done,  and  suggested 
that  New  York  City  might  follow  this  example. 

In  1908,  Dr.  Dabney  was  made  a  member  of  the  In- 
stitute of  Public  Instruction  of  France,  for  having  pro- 
moted French  Literature;  and  in  191 5  he  was  made 
Chevalier  of  the  Legion  of  Honor,  for  cooperating  with  the 
Alliance  Francaise. 

F.    By  Public  Addresses 

In  1920,  President  Dabney  retired,  receiving  a  pension 
from  the  Carnegie  Foundation. 

From  the  t'me  he  became  President  of  the  University 
of  Tennessee,  until  after  his  retirement  from  Cincinnati, 
Dr.  Dabney  was  in  great  demand  as  a  speaker  on  educa- 
tional, industrial,  and  civic  topics.  Many  of  these  ad- 
dresses have  had  a  wide  circulation. 

G.  His  Stand  for  Individual  and  Civic  Righteousness 
Dr.  Dabney,  himself  a  man  of  the  highest  Christian 
character,  has  always  taken  a  firm  stand  for  the  spiritual 
and  moral  welfare  of  the  faculties  and  students  who  were 
under  his  administration,  and  for  clean  government  in 
local,  State  and  National  affairs.  His  utterances  in  these 
respects  have  been  clear,  fearless  and  unmistakable. 

H.  His  Interest  in  His  A' ma  Mater 
Hampden-Sydney,  his  alma  mater,  has  reason  to  know 
of  his  continued  interest  in  her  welfare.  By  personal  dona- 
tions; by  the  raising  of  memorial  funds,  and  by  his  re- 
organization of  the  alumni  in  1926  on  a  practical  and 
increasingly  useful   basis,   he   has   shown   his   active   and 


potent  interest  and  influence.  In  recognition  of  his  practi- 
cal work,  the  alumni  made  him  Life  President  of  the 
Alumni  Association. 

J.  D.  Eggleston 

(Note:  The  Editors  are  peculiarly  fortunate  to  have  this  article  by 
Doctor  Eggleston.  He  prepared  it  in  the  summer  of  1943  at  the  request 
of  the  American  Alumni  Council  and  according  to  their  instructions. 
The  Council  wished  a  sketch  of  a  prominent  alumnus  of  the  College  who 
was  a  "specific,  shining  example  of  a  college  product."  As  Doctor 
Eggleston  strikingly  shows,  Charles  William  Dabney,  '73,  was  pre- 
eminently such  an  example.) 


Lieut.  Alfred  Alexander  Jones,  '42 

Air  Medal  Given   Posthumously  to  Lt. 
Alexander  Jones 

Lieutenant  (jg)  Alfred  Alexander  Jones,  U.  S.  N.  R., 
son  of  Dr.  and  Mrs.  A.  P.  Jones,  1317  Franklin  Road, 
S.  W.,  Roanoke,  Va.,  has  been  awarded  posthumously 
the  Air  Medal,  the  Fifth  Naval  District  at  Norfolk  has 
been  notified. 

Lieutenant  Jones,  whose  widow,  Mrs.  Alice  Barham 
Jones,  lives  in  Portsmouth,  was  killed  in  action  last 
June  15th*  in  the  Bonin  Islands. 

The  citation  reads:  "Courageously  leading  his  section 
of  two  planes  in  a  vigorous  strike  against  strongly  forti- 
fied enemy  installations  on  Iwo  Jima,  he  flew  in  low 
through  a  withering  barrage  of  anti-aircraft  fire  to  press 
home  a  series  of  accurate  strafing  runs.  Flying  his  plane 
gallantly,  he  assisted  in  the  infliction  of  extensive  damage 
upon  Japanese  fuel  dumps  and  the  destruction  of  25 
grounded  aircraft  and  probably  23  others  before  he  was 
shot  down  by  enemy  fire." 

The  officer  was  a  pilot  of  a  carrier-based  plane.  A 
native  of  Roanoke,  he  attended  Jefferson  High  School, 
Woodberry  Forest,  and  Hampden-Sydney  College,  Class 
of  1942,  before  entering  the  service. 


*June  15,    1944. 


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Captain  C.  A.  Thompson,  Ji 
"Kinks" 

Co.  B,  502d  Parachute  Inf. 
ioist  Airborne 


Captain  John  H.  Thompson  III 

"Buck" 

5th  Air  Force,  New  Guinea 


S/Sgt.   Ellis  Scott  Moore,  Jr.,  '41 


The  Thompson  Brothers 

Clarence  Alley  Thompson,  Jr.,  '38,  enlisted  in  the 
regular  army  in  October,  1940,  was  with  the  19th  Infantry 
in  combat  in  Hawaii  at  the  time  of  the  Japanese  attack. 
As  a  paratrooper  he  became  captain  of  B  Company  of 
502c!  Parachute  Infantry  of  the  ioist  Airborne  Division 
which  landed  in  France  on  D-day,  was  in  combat  in 
Holland  for  ten  weeks,  and  held  Bastogne  for  nine  days. 
On  January  4th,  he  was  wounded  in  Belgium  and  in 
April  was  in  limited  service  in  England  recuperating. 
(Reported  in  the  Norfolk  and  Virginia  Beach  papers  of 
April   21,    1945.) 

There  is  a  brother  who  is  also  a  captain,  John  Herbert 
Thompson  III,  Class  of  '43.  Three  decorations — The 
Distinguished  Flying  Cross,  the  Air  Medal,  and  an  Oak 
Leaf  Cluster — were  presented  to  this  captain  at  the 
La  Junta  Army  Air  Field,  Colo.,  all  given  for  his  achieve- 
ments as  a  B-25  pilot  in  the  Southwest  Pacific.  The 
D.  F.  C.  citation  stated  that  he  led  a  flight  of  bombers 
in  an  attack  on  Los  Negros  Island,  on  March  2,  1944,  in 
support  of  landing  operations  in  the  face  of  adverse 
weather  conditions  which  turned  others  back;  he  con- 
tinued his  mission  and  silenced  the  enemy's  guns,  and 
was  cited  for  "outstanding  courage  and  devotion  to  duty." 
The  Air  Medal  and  Cluster  was  awarded  for  flights  from 
October  15,  1943,  to  September  2,  1944.  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
C.  A.  Thompson,  of  Virginia  Beach,  Va.,  must  be  grateful 
for  such  gallant  sons.    Their  college  is  proud  of  them. 

Rear  Admiral  Luther  Sheldon,  Jr., 
Commended 

Rear  Admiral  Sheldon,  U.  S.  N.  Medical  Corps,  has 

received   a    letter  of   commendation   for   services   to  the 

Chief  of  the   Bureau   of  Medicine   and   Surgery,   as  an- 
nounced by  the  Navy  Department  on  May  29th. 


Ellis  Scott  Moore,  Jr.,  '41 

Ellis  Scott  Moore,  Jr.,  B.  A.,  '41,  was  wounded  in 
battle  January  15,  1945,  and  died  in  a  hospital  in  France 
March  6th.  He  entered  the  Army  May  6,  1942,  at  Camp 
Shelby,  Miss.;  was  made  staff  sergeant  and  given  spe- 
cialized training  at  Eugene,  Ore.;  had  been  overseas 
since  November,  1944,  with  an  infantry  division  of  the 
Seventh  Army. 

Our  gallant  young  friend  was  the  only  child  of  Mr.  and 
Mrs.  E.  S.  Moore,  of  Saxe,  Va.  While  their  hearts  are 
bowed  in  deepest  sorrow  over  the  loss  of  their  son,  they 
are  meeting  the  days  in  the  strength  of  the  Saviour.  They 
are  comforted  in  the  knowledge  of  what  Christ  meant 
to  Ellis.  After  he  was  wounded  he  was  able  to  write 
several  times  to  his  parents — letters  that  are  now  price- 
less to  them  and  to  the  company  of  other  loved  ones  and 
admirers.  Fondest  among  the  latter  are  the  members  of 
the  Theta  Chi  fraternity  of  which  Ellis  was  a  faithful 
member. 

A  Unique  Gift 

Mr.  A.  B.  Carrington,  Jr.,  of  Danville,  Va.,  Class  of 
191 5,  and  member  of  the  Board  of  Trustees,  recently 
presented  the  College  with  a  lovely  bit  of  antique  needle- 
point made  by  a  sister  of  Patrick  Henry.  This  ornamental 
needlepoint  is  framed  on  a  mahogany  stand  and  will  be 
preserved  as  one  of  the  cherished  trophies  in  the  "Birth- 
place." 

As  Patrick  Henry  was  a  charter  trustee,  was  very  in- 
fluential in  the  founding  of  Hampden-Sydney,  and  sent 
his  sons  here,  the  gift  has  much  historic  value  for  our 
school.  This  very  interesting  gift  will  be  placed  with  the 
handmade  cherry  bookcases  made  by  one  of  Patrick 
Henry's  sons.  These  were  the  gift  of  the  late  Mrs.  Lucy 
Gray  Harrison,  of  Red  Hill. 


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Tablet  in  the  Memory  of  Dr.  John  Bell 

Henneman  Placed  on  the  Walls  of  All 

Saints  Chapel,  Sewanee, Tennessee 

FRIENDS  and  admirers  of  the  late  Dr.  John  Bell 
Henneman,  for  many  years  Professor  of  English  and 
Dean  at  the  University  of  the  South,  Sewanee,  Tennessee, 
will  be  interested  to  learn  of  the  placing  of  a  tablet  on 
the  walls  of  the  University  Chapel  in  his  memory. 

The  ceremony  took  place  on  June  10th  immediately 
after  the  preaching  of  the  baccalaureate  sermon  by  the 
Rt.  Reverend  Angus  Dun,  Bishop  of  Washington.  Dr. 
Henneman's  sons,  John  Bell  Henneman,  '20,  of  New 
York,  and  Captain  Richard  Hubard  Henneman,  '29,  of 
the  U.  S.  Air  Force,  were  present. 

Dr.  Henneman  was,  from  1889  to  1893,  Professor  of 
English  at  Hampden-Sydney.  He  came  here  as  a  young 
man,  but  even  then  was  a  great  scholar  and  an  inspiring 
teacher.  He  made  a  reputation  at  Hampden-Sydney  in 
his  teaching  of  English  never  before  or  since  equaled,  and 
he  holds  a  unique  place  in  the  long  catalogue  of  teachers 
who  were  at  one  time  or  the  other  professors  at  Hampden- 
Sydney. 

His  wife,  the  former  Miss  Marion  Hubard,  the  talented 
daughter  of  the  late  Robert  T.  Hubard,  of  the  Class  of 
'59,  was  unable  to  be  present  at  the  dedication  ceremonies. 

The  tablet  was  presented  by  loyal  and  devoted  pupils 
of  Dr.  Henneman  who  had  sat  under  his  inspiring  instruc- 
tion at  the  University. 

The  tablet  reads  as  follows: 

In  Memory  of 

JOHN  BELL  HENNEMAN,  M.  A.,  Ph.  D. 
1 864-1908 

Professor  of  English 
Dean  of  the  College 

This   tablet  is   erected   by   his   students   to  whom 
he  was  a  constant  inspiration 

"Gladly  wolde  he  lerne  and  gladly  teche" 

Dr.  George  B.  Myers,  D.  D.,  acting  Chaplain  at  the 
University,  in  his  prayer,  said  in  part: 

"Remember  thy  servant,  John  Bell  Henneman,  O  Lord,  according 
to  the  favour  which  thou  bearest  unto  thy  people,  and  grant  that, 
increasing  in  knowledge  and  love  of  thee,  he  may  go  from  strength  to 
strength,  in  the  life  of  perfect  service,  in  thy  heavenly  kingdom;  through 
Jesus  Christ  our  Lord,  who  liveth  and  reigneth  with  thee  and  the  Holy 
Ghost  ever,  one  God,  world  without  end.     Amen." 

In  the  address  by  Thomas  Evans,  a  former  pupil,  now 
President  of  the  Globe  Sprinkler  Co.,  of  Philadelphia,  in 
presenting  the  tablet,  he  spoke  as  follows: 

We  are  met  here  today  to  present  and  unveil  this  simple  plaque 
attached  to  the  wall  of  this  Chapel  to  signalize  our  respectful  and 
affectionate  memory  of  Dr.  John  Bell  Henneman,  Professor  of  English 
in  the  University  from  1900  to  the  time  of  his  untimely  death.  Those 
who  present  this  memorial  were  students  under  Dr.  Henneman. 

Two  great  wars  have  been  fought  since  those  days  and  the  world  is 
vastly  changed,  yet  we  carry  green  and  very  fresh  the  memory  of  this 
great  teacher.  Here  was  a  man  of  such  intense  love  and  appreciation 
of  English  prose  and  poetry  that  he  was  able  to  transmit  to  and  culti- 
vate in  his  students  a  taste  for  and  understanding  of  the  beauty  and 
meaning  of  English  literature,  which  has  endured  during  our  years 
and  enriched  our  lives.  We  are  agreed  that  he  exercised  the  most  power- 
ful influence  upon  our  lives  of  all  those  splendid  men  who  gave  us  the 
mental  training  which  we  could  or  did  absorb  in  those  student  days. 

He  exalted  his  teaching  with  a  passion  which  defied   indifference  and 


neglect.  I  learned  a  lesson  in  discipline  which  he  imposed  upon  me 
which  has  made  me  his  debtor  during  my  life.  No  doubt  others  can 
vouch  for  a  like  imprint  upon  their  characters  and  the  course  of  their 
lives. 

We  are  grateful  to  John  Bell  Henneman.  We  believe  that  he  was  a 
great  teacher  and  a  great  man  of  our  South.  We  believe  that  it  is  due 
to  these  great  men,  of  whom  he  was  one,  leaders  of  thought,  mind  and 
character  builders,  that  our  nation  in  the  few  generations  of  our  history 
has  become  great  and  powerful  and  devoted  to  the  humanities.  For 
his  service  to  these  humanities  in  the  field  of  higher  education  in  which 
he  served,  we  gratefully  and  affectionately  dedicate  this  plaque  to  his 
memory. 

It  was  accepted  by  Dr.  Alexander  Guerry,  another  of 
Dr.  Henneman's  students,  who  said: 

For  three  years  John  Bell  Henneman  was  my  teacher.  That  was 
one  of  the  finest  advantages  the  University  of  the  South  gave  me. 
For  three  years  I  was  in  his  classes,  under  the  influence  of  his  bound- 
less enthusiasm,  his  rare  scholarship,  his  earnestness  of  purpose,  and 
his  determination  that  his  students  should  learn  something.  I  loved 
and  admired  him  then.  I  love  and  admire  him  infinitely  more  now  with 
the  passing  of  the  years  and  with  an  increasing  realization  of  the  debt 
I  owe  him. 

It  is  a  personal  as  well  as  an  official  privilege  for  me,  therefore,  as 
Vice-Chancellor,  to  accept  a  tablet  for  All  Saints'  Chapel  in  honor  of 
John  Bell  Henneman  and  to  thank  those  Sewanee  men,  led  by  Stanley 
Trezevant,  for  presenting  this  tablet  to  the  L^niversity  of  the  South. 

It  is  particularly  fitting  and  gratifying  that  a  tablet  should  be  placed 
in  this  Chape]  in  memory  of  Dr.  Henneman.  Dr.  Henneman  was  a 
great  teacher,  one  of  the  greatest  ever  to  be  a  member  of  Sewanee's 
faculty.  Great  teachers  make  a  great  university.  The  great  teacher  is 
the  foundation  of  an  institution  of  higher  learning.  There  is  no  way 
•  by  which  a  great  University  of  the  South  can  be  builded,  except  upon 
the  character,  the  scholarship  and  the  ability  of  its  teachers.  That 
idea  should  be  foremost  in  our  mind  as  we  plan  and  work  for  the  future 
of  this  institution. 

Let  this  tablet  be  always  both  an  expression  of  affection  and  regard 
for  a  great  teacher  and  a  witness  to  the  truth,  in  all  the  years  to  come, 
that  the  excellence  and  distinction  of  a  college  or  university  are  linked 
inseparably  to  the  excellence  and  distinction  of  its  faculty. 

The  occasion  was  a  memorable  one,  and  in  some 
measure  represents  the  admiration  and  esteem  in  which 
Dr.  Henneman  was  held  by  his  former  students  and  by 
the  University  whose  reputation  he  had  so  much  enhanced. 

Bruce  L.  Clark,  '32,  Named  to 
Head  W.  Va.  Hospital 

Bruce  L.  Clark,  of  Richmond,  has  been  appointed 
director  of  Camden-Clark  Memorial  Hospital,  a  165-bed 
institution  in  Parkersburg,  W.  Va. 

Mr.  Clark  is  a  graduate  of  Augusta  Military  Academy 
and  received  his  B.  S.  degree  from  Hampden-Sydney 
College.  Shortly  after  his  graduation  he  was  associated 
with  the  News  Leader,  of  Richmond,  in  the  circulation 
department  and   later  in  the  advertising  department. 

^He  began  his  hospital  work  as  cashier  and  assistant 
bookkeeper  at  Stuart  Circle  Hospital  in  this  city.  Four 
years  ago  he  went  to  Doctors'  Hospital  in  Washington, 
where  he  served  in  succession  as  paymaster,  personnel 
director,  assistant  purchasing  agent  and  purchasing  agent. 

In  January  of  last  year  he  went  to  Miami  Valley 
Hospital,  in  Dayton,  Ohio,  where  he  reorganized  the 
purchasing  department  and  has  served  as  purchasing 
agent  for  the  institution. 

This  week  Mr.  Clark  and  his  wife  are  guests  of  his 
stepfather  and  mother,  Dr.  and  Mrs.  R.  S.  Faris,  in 
Richmond.  He  will  assume  his  new  duties  in  Parkers- 
burg on  July  1  st. 


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Lost  Alumni 


"Lost  Alumni"  are  those  of  whom  we  have  no  record  in 
Bagby's  General  Catalogue,  or  in  Morrison's  Dictionary; 
but  of  whom  we  learn  through  old  letters,  old  court  rec- 
ords, and  otherwise.  Several  years  ago  I  learned  through 
some  old  letters  that  Rev.  Angus  McCallum  had  been  a 
student  at  Hampden-Sydney.  I  filed  the  letters  in  the 
Library,  and  they  went  up  in  fire  and  smoke. 

In  November,  1944,  and  February,  1945,  I  corresponded 
with  Mr.  McCallum's  son,  Mr.  A.  J.  McCallum,  then  91 
years  young,  who  was  compiling  a  Sketch  of  the  McCallum 
Family.  In  this  correspondence  he  stated  that  his  father 
graduated  at  our  College,  after  having  attended  the  famous 
Bingham  School  in  North  Carolina;  and  that  when  at 
Hampden-Sydney  his  father  roomed  with  Jacob  Thomp- 
son and  another  student  whose  name  was  Burwell.  Look- 
ing into  the  General  Catalogue  of  the  U.  T.  Seminary,  I 
found  that  Angus  McCallum  enrolled  at  the  Seminary  in 
1826  and  graduated  in  1830,  taking  four  years  instead  of 
the  usual  three.  He  began  preaching  in  Carolina  in  1830. 
"At  College,"  wrote  Mr.  McCallum,  "the  three  boys 
roomed  together,  and  studied  by  a  single  candle  on  a 
small  table." 

Was  Angus  McCallum  taking  courses  in  the  College 
and  in  the  Seminary  at  the  same  time,  as  older  students 
have  sometimes  done?  He  may  have  entered  College  prior 
to  entering  the  Seminary,  for  he  was  born  in  October, 
1801,  and  was  25  years  old  when  he  entered  the  Seminary. 
The  Dictionary  of  American  Biography  states  that 
Jacob  Thompson's  father  was  a  Virginian,  who  removed 
to  Carolina,  where  the  son  Jacob  was  born  (in  Caswell 
County);  but  the  name  of  the  father  is  not  given,  nor  his 
native  County.  It  is  further  stated  that  the  father  wished 
the  son  to  study  for  the  ministry,  but  that  the  boy  wished 
to  study  law,  and  finally  did  so;  and  that  the  son  went  to 
Mississippi,  and  joined  his  older  brother,  who  was  practic- 
ing medicine  there. 

The  Alumni  Secretary  of  the  University  of  North 
Carolina  wrote  me  that  there  is  no  record  of  Angus 
McCallum  having  attended  that  institution,  but  that 
Jacob  Thompson  graduated  there  in  1 83 1.  They  have  no 
record  of  him  prior  to  that  date,  except  the  date  and  place 
of  his  birth.  Query:  Did  Jacob  Thompson's  father,  a 
Virginian,  send  the  boy  to  Hampden-Sydney  to  place  him 
in  the  ministerial  atmosphere  of  the  young  and  vigorous 
Seminary,  then  under  the  leadership  of  the  famous  and 
magnetic  John  Holt  Rice;  when,  too,  the  College  was 
under  the  great  leadership  of  Jonathan  P.  Cushing?  And 
did  the  father  then  transfer  the  boy  to  Chapel  Hill,  when 
he  found  that  the  young  man  was  bent  on  studying  law? 
Thompson  was  nine  years  younger  than  Angus  Mc- 
Callum, but  his  subsequent  career  showed  that  he  was 
much  above  the  average  in  quick,  and  even  precocious, 
mentality.  Burwell's  age  we  do  not  know.  Mr.  A.  J. 
McCallum  wrote  me  that  his  father  told  him  that  Thomp- 
son "drifted  into  politics"  and  became  "Secretary  of  War 
under  Jefferson  Davis,"  and  that  young  Burwell  "chose 
law  and  later  became  a  judge  in  Mississippi."  The  facts 
are  that  Thompson  did  "drift  into  politics,"  and  that 
Armistead  Burwell  graduated  here  in  1828,  studied  law, 
moved  to  Mississippi,  and  died  in  \  icksburg  in  1882. 
Whether  he  became  a  "judge,"  I  have  not  ascertained. 


After  graduating  at  Chapel  Hill  in  183 1,  Jacob  Thomp- 
son taught  school;  studied  law;  settled  in  Mississippi;  was 
a  member  of  Congress,  1839-51;  was  Secretary  of  the 
Interior  under  President  Buchanan,  but  resigned  in 
January,  1861;  was  Governor  of  Mississippi,  1862-64; 
served  as  aide  to  General  Beauregard,  and  was  Inspector- 
General  for  the  Department  of  his  State;  was  Confederate 
Commissioner  to  Canada  in  1864.  The  Federal  authorities 
placed  a  price  on  his  head,  but  he  escaped  to  Europe,  and 
when  he  returned  to  the  LTnited  States,  he  was  not  brought 
to  trial. 

In  one  of  his  letters  Mr.  McCallum  repeats  a  story  told 
him  by  his  father:  That  Angus  McCallum's  father  sent 
his  son  a  broadcloth  coat,  and  that  young  Thompson  and 
young  Burwell  borrowed  the  coat  and  wore  it  at  special 
College  exercises.  Lack  of  space  prevents  further  quota- 
tions from  these  very  interesting  letters. 

In  one  of  my  letters  I  asked  Mr.  McCallum  to  give  me 
the  maiden  name  of  his  mother,  his  reply  gave  information 
about  Mrs.  Mary  (Shields)  Bishop,  wife  of  James  Bishop. 
They  had  nine  children;  five  sons  and  four  daughters. 
Our  General  Catalogue  gives  the  name  of  Pierrepont 
Edwards  Bishop,  who  graduated  at  Hampden-Sydney  in 
1829,  and  at  the  Seminary  in  1832.  Mr.  J.  G.  Bishop  wrote 
me  in  July,  1943,  that  two  other  of  these  Bishop  brothers 
attended  our  College — James  Shields  and  David.  Mrs. 
Bishop,  after  the  death  of  her  husband,  kept  a  boarding 
house  (in  Farmville,  said  Mr.  Bishop;  at  Hampden- 
Sydney,  said  Mr.  McCallum),  and  in  this  way  was  able 
to  educate  her  children.  One  of  the  daughters,  Francina, 
married  Rev.  Angus  McCallum  on  December  19,  1831. 
He  died  in  1885. 

If  Jacob  Thompson  was  a  student  at  Hampden-Sydney 
before  transferring  to  Chapel  Hill,  he  adds  one  more  to 
our  twelve  Governors  of  States,  and  one  more  to  our 
three  members  of  the  LInited  States  Cabinet.  There  is  no 
wish  to  make  an  undue  "claim";  the  case  is  submitted  as 
fairly  as  we  know  how  to  present  it.  If  Mr.  A.  J.  McCallum 
is  as  alert  mentally  as  his  handwriting  is  clear  and  firm, 
one  would  surmise  that  he  is  about  35  to  40  years  of  age, 
instead  of  ninety-one. 

tSMSt 

Clarence  B.  Robertson 

By  Edgar  G.  Gammon 

The  New  York  Southern  Society,  in  memory  of  its  first 
president,  Algernon  Sydney  Sullivan,  grants  to  the 
president  of  certain  institutions  the  right  to  give  a  medal- 
lion to  men  of  merit  and  distinction. 

This  year  I  desire  to  present  this  medallion  to  Clarence 
B.  Robertson,  of  Norfolk,  Virginia. 

Mr.  Robertson  is  a  graduate  of  Hampden-Sydney.  He 
is  one  of  our  most  loyal  alumni,  and  a  member  of  the  Board 
of  Trustees.  In  his  chosen  career  he  has  risen  steadily  and 
today  occupies  a  high  place  in  his  field  of  endeavor. 

Besides  being  successful  in  the  realm  of  business,  he  is 
a  leader,  a  splendid  citizen,  a  philanthropist,  and  a  strong 
Christian  character. 


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"Billy"  Morton,  '31,  Tells  the  News 

Hampden-Sydney  Alumni  Fund 
Hampden-Sydney,  Va. 

Dear  Folks: 

I  thought  I  had  sent  in  my  contribution  before  and  it 
was  certainly  my  intention  to  do  so  before  this. 

It  is  impossible  to  tell  you  how  much  I  enjoy  the 
Record  each  time.  It  is  the  one  way  in  which  I  keep  up 
with  my  many  friends  that  have  done  such  a  valiant 
job  in  this  war  as  well  as  otherwise.  It  is  good  to  see  old 
Hampden-Sydney  still  rolling  along  just  like  "old  man 
river."  These  have  been  trying  times  for  you  I  know, 
and  you  may  rest  assured  that  the  alumni  sincerely  ap- 
preciate the  good  job  that  has  been  done  at  the  College. 

You  might  be  interested  to  know  that  the  new  super- 
intendent of  schools  in  Lynchburg  is  leaving  Columbus 
after  serving  in  that  capacity  here  for  about  six  years. 
His  wedding  was  performed  by  Dr.  Gammon  a  good  many 
years  ago.   His  name  is  Dr.  Paul  Munro. 

We  now  have  a  daughter,  Ann,  who  is  nine  years  old, 
and  a  son,  Read,  just  two  in  April.  It  may  be  that  we 
will  visit  Virginia  this  summer  and  if  so  will  try  to  come 
by  to  see  the  grand  old  school. 

I  am  here  in  business  with  Marshall  Morton,  Class  of 
'95.  He  was  in  school  with  my  mother's  brother,  Dr. 
John  E.  Williams.  The  two  taught  school  together  for 
a  couple  years  before  Mr.  Morton  came  to  Georgia  to 
teach.  He  was  principal  of  the  High  School  here  for 
several  years  before  entering  the  Real  Estate  and  In- 
surance business  in  1906.  He  has  been  City  Manager 
here  for  the  past  twelve  years. 

On  several  happy  occasions  we  have  seen  former 
students  at  nearby  Ft.  Benning.  Wish  more  of  the  boys 
would  stop  by  provided  they  don't  desire  a  place  to  live. 
That  has  been  and  still  is  a  very  critical  situation  in  this 
community. 

Trusting  that  things  will  continue  to  go  well  with  all 
the  good  folks  there,  and  with  the  kindest  of  regards 
I  am, 

Sincerely, 

C.  R.  "Billy"  Morton,  '31 

A  Good  Letter  from  Henry  Flannagan 

Doctor  Edgar  Gammon 

President  Hampden-Sydney  College 

Hampden-Sydney  City,  Virginia 

My  Dear  Doctor  Gammon: 

I  was  most  happy  to  receive  a  letter  from  you  sometime 
ago.  It  is  always  good  to  hear  from  those  people  and  those 
places  we  cherish  so  dearly. 

I  had  the  very  good  fortune  several  months  ago  to 
encounter  two  of  my  old  classmates  and  former  members 
of  your  faculty:  Lieutenant  William  Lashley,  and 
Captain  Frank  Sullivan.  Both,  I  am  pleased  to  report, 
were  in  good  health.  "Sullie"  was  recovering  from 
wounds,  received  on  Iwo  Jima;  however  he  should  be  as 
good  as  new  in  a  short  time. 

Since  my  last  correspondence  with  you,  I  have  moved 
much  further  Westward.     The  going  here  is  very  rough, 


besides  the  constant  contact  with  our  enemy,  we  must 
also  combat  the  elements.  The  rainfall  during  the  past 
two  weeks  has  been  the  heaviest  I  have  ever  had  the 
misfortune  to  experience.  The  mud  is  almost  unbeliev- 
able; however,  the  spirit  of  our  men  remains  high;  it  is 
really  amazing  how  they  carry  on.  I  only  wish  that  the 
people  back  there  could  witness  their  actions. 

Please  convey  my  very  best  wishes  to  all  of  my  many 
friends  on  the  Hill,  and  with  kindest  personal  regards 
to  you,  I  remain, 

Very  sincerely  yours, 

Henry  A.  Flannagan,  Jr.,  '40 
Field  Director 
American  Red  Cross 
MAG-22 


Lieutenant  H.  G.  Baylor  in  Trinidad 

Trinidad,  B.  W.  I.,  June — First  Lieutenant  Hamp- 
ton G.  Baylor,  '29,  son  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  H.  G. 
Baylor,  668  Chestnut  Avenue,  Waynesboro,  Va.,  has 
arrived  on  the  Isle  of  Trinidad  and  has  been  assigned  to 
A.  A.  F.  Transport  Command's  Caribbean  Division  in- 
stallation. 

Mrs.  Baylor  and  their  daughter,  reside  at  449  Albe- 
.  marie  Avenue,  Staunton,  Va. 

A  lawyer  before  entering  the  service,  Lieutenant  Baylor 
is  assistant  personnel  affairs  officer  at  the  busy  A.  T.  C. 
field  here.  He  holds  a  B.  S.  degree  from  Hampden- 
Sydney  College  and  an  L.  L.  B.  from  the  University  of 
Virginia. 

Lieutenant  Baylor  has  two  brothers  in  service,  Lieu- 
tenant Colonel  George  Baylor  and  Captain  Jack  Baylor. 

Because  of  its  strategic  location  as  an  aerial  cross-roads, 
Trinidad  will  serve  as  a  key  base  in  the  redeployment  of 
military  personnel  from  Europe  to  the  L'nited  States. 
A.  T.  C.  which  operates  the  largest  airline  known  to  the 
world,  is  flying  more  than  25,000  men  per  month  across 
the  South  Atlantic  with  its  giant  transport  planes  leap- 
frogging from  one  airfield  to  another  and  on  to  Miami. 

C-47  transports,  based  at  Trinidad,  will  carry  the  fight- 
ing Yanks  on  the  last  leg  of  their  homeward  journey. 

When  this  historic  air  movement  reaches  its  peak,  it 
will  totally  eclipse  any  previous  transport  operation, 
civilian  or  military.  It  will  involve  one  flight  over  the 
Atlantic  every  six  minutes — equivalent  to  encircling  the 
globe  every  50  minutes. 


President  Gammon  on  His  Rounds 

The  Charleston,  W.  Va.,  Alumni  assembled  at  the 
Daniel  Boone  Hotel  to  greet  Dr.  Gammon  the  latter  part 
of  May.  As  reported  by  our  good  friend,  Donald  L. 
Cork,  the  Doctor's  address  was  very  effective,  just  what 
the  alumni  wanted  to  hear.  The  next  day  Dr.  Gammon 
went  to  Montgomery,  W.  Va.,  where  he  delivered  an 
address  to  the  graduating  class  of  the  Laird  Memorial 
Hospital  nurses.  The  next  time  he  was  heard  from  he 
was  preaching  the  Baccalaureate  Sermon  at  the  Com- 
mencement exercises  of  Randolph-Macon  College  in  Ash- 
land. He  found  time,  too,  to  attend  a  meeting  of  the 
Committee  of  the  Patrick  Henry  Memorial  Association 
of  which  he  is  a  member. 


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Captain  Bob  Eason  and  His 
"Anna  Belle"  Go  Places 

Captain  Walter  Robert  Eason,  '40,  U.  S.  A.  Air  Forces, 
was  in  India  in  March,  1945.  Before  going  overseas  he 
had  spent  two  years  in  the  Panama  Canal  Zone  and  six 
months  in  the  U.  S.  Since  being  in  India  he  has  destroyed 
a  number  of  Jap  planes,  helped  to  wipe  out  a  long  line  of 
enemy  barracks,  and  made  17  missions  in  15  days. 

His  wife,  Anna  Belle  Brown,  and  infant  son,  Walter 
Robert,  Jr.  (born  November  23,  1944,  7  pounds,  4 
ounces),  live  in  Petersburg,  Va.  The  snapshot  shows 
him  with  his  record-breaking  "ship,"  named  for  his  wife. 


"Ed"  Sager,  '25,  Cited 

Headquarters  12th  Air  Force  in  Italy — Colonel  Edward 
M.  Sager,  a  former  resident  of  Montgomery,  Ala.,  and 
McKenney,  Va.,  has  been  awarded  the  Bronze  Star 
Medal  for  "meritorious  achievement"  at  headquarters 
of  the  1 2th  Air  Force  where  he  serves  as  staff  surgeon. 

The  award,  presented  by  Brigadier  General  Charles  T. 
Myers,  commander  of  the  Mediterranean-based  12th 
Air  Force,  was  given  in  recognition  of  Colonel  Sager's 
contribution  to  military  sanitation  and  hygiene  in  this 
theater,  a  factor  that  "resulted  in  an  improvement  of 
health  conditions  throughout  the  command."  Since 
Colonel  Sager's  arrival  overseas  in  December,  1944,  the 
citation  stated,  the  disease  rate  of  the  12th  Air  Force  is 
the  lowest  in  its  history. 

Beside  his  Bronze  Star  ribbon,  Colonel  Sager  wears  the 
wings  of  a   flight  surgeon. 


A  former  resident  of  Virginia,  where  his  parents,  Mr. 
and  Mrs.  H.  J.  Sager  now  live  at  McKenney,  Colonel 
Sager  now  calls  Montgomery,  Ala.,  home.  His  wife, 
Mrs.  Lois  Barnes  Sager  and  their  three  children,  live 
there  at  105  Wilmington  Road. 

After  being  graduated  from  the  Petersburg,  Va.,  high 
school  in  1919,  Colonel  Sager  entered  Hampden-Sydney 
College  in  Virginia,  and  received  his  B.  S.  degree  there 
in  1925.  He  subsequently  was  stationed  at  Walter  Reed 
Hospital;  Carlisle  Barracks,  Pa.;  Fort  Sam  Houston, 
Texas;  Randolph  Field,  Texas;  Tupler  General  Hospital 
in  Hawaii;  Hickam  Field,  Hawaii,  the  United  States 
Military  Academy  at  West  Point,  N.  Y.;  Barksdale 
Field,  La.;  and  Maxwell  Field,  Ala. 

He  is  a  member  of  Kappa  Alpha,  Phi  Rho  Sigma  and 
O.  D.  K.  fraternities. 


Brothers  Morgan,  '41 

Dr.  J.  B.  Massey 
Hampden-Sydney  College 
Hampden-Sydney,  Va. 

Dear  Dr.  Massey: 

I  received  the  Record  today  and  reading  all  about 
my  classmates  of  the  Class  of  '41  has  made  me  feel  that  I 
should  give  some  account  of  the  two  Morgans  from 
Tennessee. 

First  I  must  express  my  deep  feeling  for  Hampden- 
Sydney  and  all  the  faculty  there.  I  shall  never  forget 
what  all  of  you  have  done  for  me  and  my  brother  during 
our  two  years  at  the  college.  We  have  often  talked  about 
our  experiences  there  and  how  difficult  we  were  as  stu- 
dents. We  realize,  from  our  experiences,  that  college  was 
a  serious  task  and  that  our  life  on  the  "Hill"  meant  far 
more  to  us  than  we  realized. 

After  leaving  Hampden-Sydney  I  entered  the  University 
of  Louisville,  College  of  Dentistry,  and  was  graduated 
with  the  Class  of  '43.  I  was  invited,  along  with  four  others 
in  the  senior  class,  to  become  a  member  of  the  national 
honorary  fraternity,  Phi  Kappa  Phi.  I  am  very  proud 
of  this  for  I  think  that  it  is  a  good  indication  that  I 
finally  did  make  a  fair  success  of  my  preparation  at 
Hampden-Sydney. 

I  entered  the  Navy  in  July  of  '43  and  served  for  eleven 
months  at  the  Jacksonville,  Fla.,  Naval  Air  Station.  From 
there  I  was  assigned  to  the  U.  S.  Marine  Corps  and  have 
just  completed  the  operation  on  Okinawa  with  the  6th 
Marine  Division.  I  was  the  regimental  dentist  of  an 
artillery  unit. 

My  brother,  A.  M.  Morgan,  received  his  pre-dental 
training  at  University  of  Chattanooga  and  entered 
Loyola  University,  College  of  Dentistry,  in  New  Orleans. 
He  was  graduated  in  February  of  this  year  and  has  since 
entered  the  Navy  as  a  Lieutenant  (jg)  in  the  dental  corps. 
He  is  very  much  interested  in  dentistry  and  I  feel  that 
he'll  be  very  successful.  Incidentally  he  is  the  twelfth 
dentist  in  our  family. 


Sincerely, 


H.  A.  Morgan 


Lieutenant  H.  A.  Morgan,  U.  S.  N.  R. 

H.  &  S.  Battery  15th  Marines 

6th  Marine  Division 

F.  P.  O.  San  Francisco,  Cal. 


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NEWS  FROM  THE  ALUMNI  OFFICE 

Alumni  Notes 


In  the  Lynchburg  News  of  March  25,  1945,  was  published  an  interest- 
ing sketch  of  Thomas  Kenley  Menefee,  '23,  soldier  in  World  War  I, 
star  athlete  at  college,  and  painter  in  both  senses  of  the  word.  His 
letterhead  carries  the  item  "T.  K.  Signs,"  and  the  world  of  art  knows 
him  as  a  painter  of  humor  and  originality.  His  painting,  "  Free  Parker," 
has  been  accepted  for  exhibition,  by  a  committee  of  artists,  chosen  to 
be  shown  in  the  Virginia  Museum  of  Fine  Arts  in  Richmond.  He  painted 
some  pictures  for  "The  Saga  of  a  City,"  published  at  the  time  of  Lynch- 
burg's Sesqui-Centennial;  and  he  has  made  many  pictures,  of  the  nature 
of  cartoons,  published  in  newspapers  and  magazines.  His  address  is 
609  Main  Street,  Lynchburg,  Va. 

William  Pritchard  Becker,  '36,  master  sergeant,  U.  S.  A.,  arrived 
in  the  United  States  on  August  24,  1944,  after  nearly  two  years  in 
Egypt,  Lybia,  Tunisia,  Sicily  and  Italy.  He  was  married  on  the  day 
of  his  arrival  to  Miss  Martha  Jane  Williams,  of  Bluefield,  W.  Va.  He 
was  then  assigned  to  A.  A.  F.  in  Alexandria,  La.,  to  work  in  the  legal 
assistance  office  where  he  was  when  last  heard  from. 

Dr.  Edgar  G.  Gammon,  president  of  the  College,  was  the  speaker 
on  April  3,  1945,  at  the  meeting  of  the  Woman's  Auxiliary  of  the  Grace 
Covenant  Presbyterian  Church  in  Richmond.  His  subject  was  "Christian 
Citizenship." 

Rev.  William  Garnett  Walker,  '40,  former  student  at  the  Union 
Theological  Seminary  in  Richmond,  Va.,  and  graduate  of  the  Southern 
Baptist  Theological  Seminary  of  Louisville,  Ky.,  is  now  pastor  of  the 
Felix  Memorial  Baptist  Church  of  Lexington,  Ky. 

Oliver  William  Van  Petten,  Jr.,  '45,  was  commissioned  lieutenant, 
U.  S.  A.,  on  the  field  in  Germany  in  the  spring  of  1945.  A  recent  letter 
from  him  written  in  Heidelberg  states  that  the  city  is  just  as  beautiful 
as  ever,  totally  untouched  by  bombs. 

Mr.  L.  S.  Curtis,  of  Robertsonville,  N.  C,  has  announced  the  engage- 
ment and  approaching  marriage  of  his  daughter,  Gladys  Curtis,  to 
Lieutenant  Sidney  Bruce  Spencer,  '37,  U.  S.  N.  R.  Friends  of  the 
prospective  bride  in  Farmville,  Va.,  gave  a  miscellaneous  shower  on 
May  28th  which  was  largely  attended. 

Rev.  Edward  James  Agsten,  '31,  until  recently  pastor  of  the  Ron- 
ceverte  Presbyterian  Church,  W.  Va.,  has  gone  to  be  pastor  of  the 
West  Raleigh  Church.  The  family  consists  of  his  wife  (nee  Fletcher),  a 
daughter,  Jane  (aged  six)  and  Joseph  Edward  (aged  two).  His  address 
is  2718  Vanderbilt  Avenue,  Raleigh,  N.  C. 

John  Randolph  Powell,  '33,  U.  S.  A.  Engineers,  went  overseas  in 
July,  1943;  spent  a  year  in  England;  has  served  in  France  and  Luxem- 
bourg; is  a  first  lieutenant  of  Engineers. 

James  Wadsworth  Lipscomb,  U.  S.  N.  R.,  in  May,  1945,  was  at  the 
Naval  Training  School  for  chaplains  at  the  College  of  William  and 
Mary,  Williamsburg,  Va. 

Samuel  Oliver  Ruff,  '38,  V.  S.  A.  Air  Corps,  was  a  second  lieutenant 
at  Anderson  Field,  S.  C,  and  has  been  overseas  since  April,  1943. 
Promoted  to  captain,  he  is  the  Information-Education  officer  of  the  79th 
Fighter  Group,  a  12th  Air  Force  Italy-based  P-47  Thunderbolt  Tactical 
Unit,  which  has  operated  with  the  Desert  Air  Force  through  seven 
campaigns,  Egypt,  North  Italy  and  Austria.  (Passed  by  Field  Press 
Censor.) 

William  Wilson  Mason,  '43,  U.  S.  N.  R.,  ensign,  Bachelor  Officers' 
Quarters  No.  1002.  U.  S.  Naval  Aviation  School,  Clinton,  Okla.  (Re- 
ported by  Mr.  D.  L.  Cork.) 

Andrew  Joseph  Tuck,  '45,  U.  S.  N.  Air  Corps,  was  commissioned 
an  ensign  in  the  Naval  Reserve  and  designated  a  naval  aviator  at 
Naval  Air  Training  Bases,  Pensacola,  Fla.,  and  will  be  ordered  to  duty 
either  at  an  instructor's  school  for  further  training  or  at  an  operational 
base.  (Information  released  bv  Office  of  Public  Relations,  Pensacola, 
Fla.) 

Kenneth  Underwood  Vaden,  '45,  was  a  co-pilot  on  a  B-17;  received 
his  silver  wings  at  Seymour,  Ind.,  January  6,  1944;  was  trained  in 
heavy  bombing  at  McDill  Field,  Fla.;  sent  overseas,  he  completed  35 
missions  over  enemy  territory;   was   commissioned   first  lieutenant  in 


England,  and  was  awarded  the  Distinguished  Service  Cross  with  three 
Oak  Leaf  Clusters.  He  returned  to  the  United  States  December  31, 
1944,  and  was  stationed  at  Waco.  Texas,  and  at  Spence  Field,  Ga. 

William  C.  Vaden,  '47,  U.  S.  N.  R.,  received  boot  training  at  Sampson, 
N.  Y.;  completed  training  at  Naval  Signal  School,  Bainbridge,  Md.,  as 
seaman  first  class;  stationed  at  Nurotan  Heights,  Conn.,  sent  thence 
to  San  Bruno,  Cal.,  and  from  there  was  stationed  on  New  Guinea,  as 
signalman  third  class;  in  June,  1945,  was  somewhere  in  the  Philippines. 

Irvine  Cabell  Watkins,  '23,  volunteered  and  rejected  several  times 
for  physical  reasons,  served  with  the  Reconstruction  Finance  Corpora- 
tion, Washington,  D.  C,  and  with  the  Hercules  Powder  Company, 
Wilmington,  Del.  In  June,  1945,  he  was  in  Hawaii  for  assignment  in 
the  Pacific  area  as  assistant  field  director  for  the  Red  Cross. 

Joseph  Beverley  Farrar,  '32,  who  has  served  for  many  months  as 
lieutenant  in  the  Armored  Cavalry  Reconnaissance  Division  in  France, 
Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Germany  and  Holland  was  at  home  on  furlough 
in  May,  1945,  well  but  showing  the  effects  of  hard  and  dangerous  service. 
Lieutenant  Farrar  received  the  Purple  Heart,  won  the  Distinguished 
Service  Cross  and  his  troop  was  awarded  the  Distinguished  Unit  Cita- 
tion for  outstanding  conduct  in  the  Hertgen  Forest.  Indeed,  Troop  A 
was  an  outfit  deserving  high  praise  always  and  achieved  success  worthy 
of  its  brave  and  competent  commander.  (Information  furnished  by 
Mr.  W.  F.  Spotswood.) 

John  Samuel  Walden  III,  '37,  and  Miss  Phyllis  Eden,  of  Auckland, 
New  Zealand,  were  married  April  12,  1945.  The  bride  is  a  graduate 
of  the  University  of  Auckland.  The  lieutenant  and  his  wife  are  probably 
now  (June  8,  1945)  in  Richmond  with  his  parents. 

Lieutenant  William  Pierce  Hay,  Jr.,  U.  S.  Marine  Air  Corps,  was 
commissioned  at  Corpus  Christi,  Texas,  March,  1943,  torpedo-bomber 
pilot.  He  was  stationed  at  St.  Thomas,  Virgin  Islands,  flew  submarine 
patrols  in  the  Caribbean  and  convoyed  transports.  Before  entering 
Marine  Aviation  he  was  a  member  of  the  I  nth  Field  Artillery  of  the 
Virginia  National  Guard.  He  has  been  selected  to  serve  in  the  FIRST 
ALL-MARINE  AIRCRAFT  CARRIER  GROUP;  his  squadron  is  now 
(May  1st)  stationed  in  training  at  the  Marine  Corps  Air  Station,  Santa 
Barbara,  Cal.  At  Hampden-Sydney  College  Lieutenant  Hay  was 
president  of  the  Athletic  Association  and  of  the  Monogram  Club,  Vice 
President  of  O.  D.  K.,  member  of  the  K.  A.  Fraternity.  He  and  his 
wife — the  former  Miss  Virginia  Mae  Campfield,  of  Staunton,  Va. — are 
living  at  Santa  Barbara.  An  official  Marine  Corps  photograph  has  been 
presented  to  The  Record  by  the  Public  Relations  officer. 

Miss  Alice  McKnight,  daughter  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  Thomas  A.  McKnight, 
of  Greensboro,  N.  C,  and  Sergeant  Joseph  Crockett  Kelley,  '42,  of 
Wytheville,  Va.,  were  married  on  March  16,  1945,  at  her  home.  Mr. 
Benjamin  Kelley,  father  of  the  groom,  was  his  son's  best  man. 

Henry  Foy  Thaxton,  '44,  flight  officer,  U.  S.  A.  Air  Forces,  and  Miss 
Margaret  Estelle  Jones  were  married  on  February  1,  1945,  at  the  par- 
sonage of  the  First  Methodist  Church,  Boise,  Idaho.  They  will  be  at 
home  at  414  Westover  Boulevard,  Lynchburg,  Va. 

In  a  letter  to  Secretary  Walker  from  Arthur  R.  Strayhorn,  Jr.,  '43, 
he  states  that  he  is  at  present  working  in  Leggett's  Department  Store 
at  South  Boston,  Va.  He  reported  that  he  had  recently  seen  William  B. 
Harris,  '42,  who  was  attending  Medical  College  in  Richmond. 

The  Hymn  Festival  held  at  the  Mosque,  on  May  6,  1945,  was  directed 
by  Dr.  James  R.  Sydnor,  '33,  Professor  of  Sacred  Music  at  Union 
Theological  Seminary  in  Richmond.  More  than  1,000  choir  singers 
participated. 

Rev.  Albert  W.  Wood,  '03,  pastor  of  Briery  Church,  has  received 
word  that  his  son,  Albert,  Jr.,  who  had  previously  been  reported  missing 
in  action,  was  a  prisoner  of  war. 

Thomas  Edward  Crawley,  '41,  U.  S.  N.  R.,  entered  service  July  1, 
1942;  commissioned  Ensign  on  October  28,  1942,  in  foreign  service  in 
North  Atlantic;  after  taking  part  in  invasion  of  Normandy  and  Southern 
France,  was  sent  to  the  Pacific  in  early  part  of  1945;  his  unit  received  the 
Presidential  citation  for  outstanding  service  in  European  waters;  pro- 
moted to  Lieutenant  (sg)  in  the  Okinawa  area. 


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William  Sterling  Lacy,  '29,  is  well  known  in  journalistic  circles  in 
Virginia.  He  worked  on  the  staff  of  the  Times-Dispatch  and  the  Char- 
lottesville Progress.  For  some  years  he  has  been  a  member  of  the  Rich- 
mond staff  of  the  Associated  Press.  He  has  recently  been  appointed 
managing  editor  of  the  Commonwealth  Magazine,  official  organ  of  the 
Virginia  Chamber  of  Commerce,  and  entered  upon  his  duties  on  May 
I,  1945.  Mr.  Lacy  is  a  member  of  the  Pi  Kappa  Alpha  social  fraternity 
and  of  the  Omicron  Delta  Kappa  honorary  fraternity. 

Ralph  Morton  Stokes,  Jr.,  '40,  is  an  M.  D.  (Osteopath)  and  is  practic- 
ing at  the  Lynchburg,  Va.,  General  Hospital. 

Second  Lieutenant  Robert  Poindexter  Barrell,  '40,  was  for  some  time 
assigned  to  a  Paris  Hospital  helping  to  use  psychological  tests  for  patients 
needing  that  sort  of  treatment.  Psychologists  now  are  of  great  use  in  the 
classification  and  training  of  neuropsychiatric  casualties. 

Dr.  Robert  Thornton  Brumfield,  '34;  instructor  in  Hampden-Sydney 
College  in  Navy  V-12,  until  1945;  then  volunteered  in  U.  S.  A.,  assigned 
to  the  Medical  Corps,  and  stationed  in  Seattle,  Wash.,  for  special  train- 
ing. 

After  various  changes  of  service  and  location,  Lieutenant  Herbert 
Rieves  Stokes,  '40,  reached  the  European  Area  of  conflict  in  December, 
1944.  Soon  he  was  reported  as  "missing  over  Austria."  Later  his  mother 
received  information  (unofficial)  that  her  son  is  safe  at  an  undisclosed 
place.  The  Record  hopes  that  this  later  news  may  be  officially  con- 
firmed. 

William  Henry  Gilbert,  '37,  U.  S.  A.,  was  sent  to  England  in  March, 
1944.  As  Master  Sergeant  he  was  in  Belgium,  April,  1945,  in  the  Quarter- 
master's Corps. 

Mrs.  John  Martin,  widow  of  our  late  dear  friend  of  the  Class  of  1903, 
has  announced  the  marriage  of  her  daughter,  Helen  Barksdale,  to 
Lieutenant  Colonel  Samuel  Stone  Gregory,  Jr.,  U.  S.  A.,  on  February 
1,  1945- 

Robert  Boiling  Willcox,  Jr.,  '38,  sergeant,  U.  S.  A.,  after  much  active 
service  at  home  and  abroad,  returned  to  Camp  Claiborne,  Miss.,  from  a 
visit  to  his  mother  in  Petersburg,  Va. 

Dr.  William  Meade  Field,  '30,  U.  S.  A.  Air  Force  Captain, 
is  stationed  in  Europe.  Mrs.  Field  (nee  Barner)  is  still  living  in  Albany, 
Ga.,  where  the  Doctor  was  practicing  before  entering  service. 
(Kindness  of  Mr.  W.  F.  Sootswood.) 

Captain  Frank  Edwin  Sullivan  has  written  an  interesting  letter  to 
Miss  Brock — no  date  or  place  given.  At  the  time  of  writing  he  was  in  a 
Naval  Hospital  recuperating  from  leg  wounds  received  in  Iwo  lima. 
The  Captain  does  not  speak  of  his  deeds  of  valor;  but  from  other  sources 
it  is  evident  that  he  rendered  fine  service  at  Saipan,  Tinian,  and  Iwo 
Jima.  Captain  Sullivan  reported:  "Bill  Lashley  is  here — Soap  Orgain 
(Major)  is  in  a  Tank  outfit  in  our  Division — Tubby  Oliver  with  Bob 
Crosby's  show  was  very  good — saw  Les  Pugh,  Bill  Baker,  Bill  McKenna, 
Bill  Traylor,  Hugh  Dunkum,  Lewis  Johnston,  etc."  Address:  Captain 
Frank  E.  Sullivan,  U.  S.  M.  C.  R.,  c/o  Fleet  Post  Office,  San  Francisco, 
Cal. 

Ensign  William  Braxton  Elwang,  '44,  and  Miss  Nell  Gwynne  Holloway 
were  married  in  Purdy,  Va.,  on  March  17,  1945.  The  best  man  was 
Frederick  W.  Young,  Jr.,  '44,  instructor  in  Hampden-Sydney  College. 

Robert  Whitfield  Wisdom,  '42,  was  ordained  on  March  4,  1945.  The 
Service  of  Ordination  was  quite  full  and  interesting.  The  Scripture  lesson 
was  read  by  the  Rev.  T.  Charles  Whitehouse,  '43.  Mr.  Wisdom  will 
ultimately  be  a  missionary  in  Brazil.  A  son  was  born  to  Mr.  and  Mrs. 
Wisdom  on  December  4,  1944. 

Charles  Bruce  Wilson,  '45,  V.  S.  N.  R.,  was  reported  by  news  from 
the  "Annapolis  of  the  Air"  as  having  been  commissioned  Ensign  and 
designated  a  Naval  Aviator  recently  at  Pensacola,  Fla.,  Naval  Air 
Training  Bases. 

Kenner  Copenhaver  Crawley,  '32,  is  now  stationed  on  a  Pacific 
Island;  his  work  is  shipping  the  fresh  blood  where  it  is  most  needed.  His 
address  is:  Kenner  C.  Crawley,  Ph.  M.  3/c,  U.  S.  N.  Blood  Distribu- 
tion Center,  943,  c/o  Fleet  Post  Office,  San  Francisco,  Cal. 

William  Henry  Bailey,  '42,  received  the  B.  D.  degree  from  the 
Seminary  in  the  Graduate  School  of  Theology  at  Oberlin,  Ohio,  on 
February  25,  1945,  and  is  now  continuing  his  studies  for  the  degree  of 
Master  of  Sacred  Theology. 

In  a  kind  letter  of  April  5,  1945,  Rev.  P.  W.  Hamlett,  '03,  expresses 
deep  interest  in  Hampden-Sydney  College  and  warm  appreciation  for 
what  it  has  meant  to  him  and  to  his  family.    He  is  now  living  at  309 


Collett  Street,  Morganton,  N.  C;  but  his  great  work  has  been  done 
as  a  missionary  in  China.  He  was  in  Soochow  for  many  years,  until 
war  conditions  made  residence  there  impossible. 

Dr.  J.  D.  Eggleston  has  given  the  following  information:  "The 
February  Bulletin  of  the  American  Association  for  the  Advancement 
of  Science  announces  that  Dr.  Charles  W.  Dabney,  Class  of  1873,  has 
been  elected  an  Emeritus  Life  Member  of  the  Association.  Dr.  Dabney 
became  a  member  in  1881.  Dr.  Alfred  Springer,  of  Cincinnati,  it  is 
stated,  is  the  only  member  who  is  known  to  be  older  and  to  have  had 
a  longer  membership." 

Thomas  Chalmers  Raine,  Jr.,  '37,  in  making  a  contribution  to  the 
Alumni  Fund,  reported  on  April  10,  1945,  that  he  has  a  son,  two  and 
a  half  years  old,  who  has  been  wise  enough  to  decide  to  go  to  Hampden- 
Sydney. 

Captain  George  Morris  McGuire,  '35,  and  Mrs.  McGuire  (nee 
Buckler)  have  a  son,  George  Morris,  Jr.,  born  March  17,  1945,  at 
Lewisburg,  W.  Va.,  weighing  seven  pounds  and  two  ounces.  No  doubt 
his  sister,  Ellen  Kay,  is  greatly  pleased. 

Lieutenant  Thomas  H.  Garber,  '34,  U.  S.  N.  R.,  is  in  Washington, 
D.  C,  in  the  Research  rnd  Development  Division  of  the  Bureau  of 
Ordnance.  He,  Mrs.  Garber,  the  former  Miss  Lessie  Reed  Childers, 
and  their  two-year-old  daughter,  Cynthia,  have  quarters  at  2818  Ritten- 
house  Street,  N.  W. 

Charles  Osville  Finne,  Jr.,  '39,  received  the  degrees  of  M.Sc.  and 
M.  D.  in  Memphis,  Tenn.,  in  1943,  and  served  as  interne  in  Memphis. 
Entered  V.  S.  A.  Medical  Corps  in  April,  1944.  In  March,  1945,  he 
was  at  Carlisle  Barracks,  Pa.,  Company  A,  32d  Medical  Battalion,  and 
was  expecting  to  be  ordered  overseas  very  soon. 

Dr.  Charles  Lorraine  Cabell,  '30,  U.  S.  N.  R.  Medical  Corps,  has 
been  awarded  the  Bronze  Star  for  action  in  the  landing  on  Guam.  In 
February,  1945,  he  was  stationed  at  Oakland,  Cal. 

Secretary  Walker  has  received  a  valuable  letter,  dated  May  2,  1945, 
from  Ensign  Roy  Eubank  Cabell,  Jr.,  '43,  who  at  that  time  was  in 
Hawaii  where  he  had  been  since  early  in  February,  1945;  his  brother, 
William,  being  just  across  the  hall  from  him.  While  in  Atlanta,  Roy 
had  met  Alexander  Ward  Allison,  '41,  LT.  S.  N.  R.,  but  had  lost  sight 
of  him  later.  On  the  way  to  Hawaii,  he  had  stopped  for  two  weeks  at 
San  Francisco.  This  correspondent  has  met  so  many  of  our  boys  that 
we  venture  to  list  some  of  them,  though  as  he  did  not  always  give  the 
rank  of  those  mentioned,  this  may  not  be  stated  correctly  in  every  case: 

He  saw  Dr.  John  F.  Kincaid,  Jr.,  '38,  who  was  later  killed  on  a  de- 
stroyer in  April,  1945,  and  Dr.  William  Conrad  Stone,  '38;  he  saw 
much  of  Lieutenant  William  A.  Lashley,  '40;  visited  Lieutenant  Rives 
Spotswood  Brown,  Jr.,  '40,  on  his  ship;  saw  Sidney  Robert  Weed,  '41, 
and  William  Leigh  Taylor,  '41,  lieutenant  and  executive  officer  on  a 
mine  sweeper;  William  Tankard  Covington,  Jr.,  '42,  was  there  with 
Lieutenant  William  Albert  Webb,  '42.  Ensigns  Cabell,  James  M.  Wol- 
cott,  Jr.,  and  Lieutenant  Patrick  Henry  Booth  managed  to  meet  often. 
Once  while  sitting  with  Lieutenant  Booth,  Cabell  saw  Classmates  Douglas 
Coleman  Crummett  and  Allan  L.  Fox  come  in  and  there  was  great 
rejoicing;  but  he  failed  to  meet  Tipton  Clinton  Bayles,  Edward  Wallace 
Wolcott  and  Alan  Johnston  White,  all  of  '43,  who  had  been  in  Hawaii 
recently.  Our  friend  "ran  into"  Ensign  D.  Winston  Kallam,  '45,  on  a 
street  corner  in  the  rain,  and  Edward  F.  Schmidt,  Jr.,  '46,  was  on  the 
island.  He  has  seen  a  number  of  the  V-12  Hampden-Sydney  boys, 
among  them  Ensign  Ray  T.  Ranum,  '47,  who  has  a  son,  and  Ensigns 
W.  L.  Dunn,  Jr.,  Miles  W.  Fletcher,  and  Dixon  L.  Foster,  also  of  the 
Class  of  1947.  He  met  Charles  W.  Merriam,  Jr.,  '46,  ensign,  U.  S.  N., 
and  heard  that  Andrew  Epes  Harris,  Jr.,  '46,  was  around  but  could 
not  get  in  touch  with  him. 

If  all  our  men  in  service  would  write  such  letters  we  would  soon  be 
in  possession  of  much-desired  information  about  our  alumni  who  are 
fighting  the  nation's  battles. — Editors. 

Lieutenant  William  Ivan  Hoy,  '36,  U.  S.  N.  R.,  Chaplains'  Corps, 
and  Miss  Wilma  J.  Lambert  were  married  in  Richmond,  Va.,  on  April 
24,  1945.  The  lieutenant  is  in  the  United  States  after  long  months  of 
service  in  the  Pacific.  A  long  and  interesting  letter  gives  an  account 
of  his  journey  home.  His  address  was  (May  nth):  Area  A,  LT.  S.  N.  T. 
and  D.  C,  Camp  Peary,  Williamsburg,  Va. 

A  letter  from  Lieutenant  John  Harrison  Hancock,  '38,  U.  S.  N.  R., 
to  Secretary  Walker  reveals  the  fact  that  he  had  been  sent  from  Bougain- 
ville and  was  stationed  somewhere  in  the  Philippines.  He  has  been 
setting  up  an  office  with  two  out-of-commission  typewriters.  In  this 
he  has  been  greatly  aided  by  an  Army  sergeant  who — once  with  the 
Underwood  Company — did  a  good  job  at  repairing  one  of  the  machines, 
all  with  no  spare  parts  and  almost  no  tools. 


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George  Borum  Little,  '46,  U.  S.  A.,  on  April  25,  1945,  a  second  lieu- 
tenant at  Camp  Howze,  Texas,  was  trying  to  train  a  platoon  of  Porto 
Ricans,  who  were  having  difficulty  with  training  because  of  a  lack  of 
knowledge  of  basic  English.   He  hoped  to  have  a  leave  in  the  near  future. 

Captain  William  Henry  Hubbard,  '39,  U.  S.  A.,  sent  home  from  Ger- 
many many  souvenirs  and  a  map  showing  the  route  of  his  unit  through 
Europe. 

Three  of  the  staff  of  Hampden-Sydney  College  have  recently  left 
to  join  the  Red  Cross  in  active  service:  Dr.  Walter  Herman  Bell,  Pro- 
fessor of  French  since  1923;  Mr.  Palmer  Martin  Simpson,  instructor 
here  since  1939,  and  Coach  Frank  Summers.  They  have  rendered  good 
service  here,  and  carry  with  them  the  best  wishes  of  many  friends. 

Lieutenant  Charles  Henry  Jett,  Jr.,  '29,  U.  S.  A.,  was  in  Brazil  for 
13  months.    Sent  home  on  account  of  sickness,  he  was  on  May  3,  1945, 
in  the  20th  Ferrying  Group,  Berry  PTeld,  Nashville,  Tenn.,  expecting 
'  orders  for  overseas  service. 

Theodorick  Erasmus  Roberts, '3;,  U.  S.  N.  R.,  is  lieutenant  (jg)  in 
chaplain  service.  He  was  married  on  April  30,  1945,  in  Long  Beach, 
Cal.,  to  Miss  Sybil  Edgecomb,  daughter  of  Commander  F.  A.  Edge- 
comb,  U.  S.  N. 

Lieutenant  Bernard  T.  Doyle,  '39,  U.  S.  A.,  was  transferred  to  the 
Adjutant  General's  Department  in  the  spring  of  1945.  In  May,  1945, 
he  was  assistant  classification  officer  at  Camp  Rucker,  Ala.,  in  charge 
of  interviewing  trainees  and  those  who  had  returned  to  the  Linked  States. 
He  was  also  assistant  adjutant.  His  address  was  Hq.  I  R  T  C,  Classi- 
fication Section,  Camp  Rucker,  Ala. 

From  the  Headquarters  of  the  Peninsular  Base,  Italy,  we  learn  that 
T/4  James  Wallace  Gibson,  '41,  is  now  serving  with  the  24th  General 
Hospital  which  has  made  an  impressive  record.  During  a  year  and  a 
half  overseas,  furnishing  important  service  for  the  5th  U.  S.  Army  and 
for  the  ground  forces  of  the  U.  S.  Army  and  Navy  in  the  Mediterranean 
Theater  of  Operations.  T/4  Gibson  was  a  chemical  analyst  for  the  E.  I. 
du  Pont  de  Nemours  and  Company  prior  to  Army  service.  He  has  been 
in  the  Army  for  30  months  and  overseas  for  1 7  months  in  North  Africa 
and  Italy. 

Meredith  Baker  Freeman,  '42,  U.  S.  A.,  is  corporal  and  administrative 
specialist  with  the  312th  "Roarin'  20's"  Bombardment  Group,  an  A-21 
bomber  group  of  the  5th  Air  Force  in  the  Philippines. 

In  a  press  release,  U.  S.  Naval  Air  Station  Public  Relations  Office, 
Corpus  Christi,  Texas,  we  are  informed  that  Edwin  Dubose  Baggett, 
'45,  son  of  Rev.  and  Mrs.  John  F.  Baggett,  Gallatin,  Tenn.,  graduated 
from  the  Naval  Air  Training  Bases,  Corpus  Christi,  and  was  commis- 
sioned an  ensign  in  the  U.  S.  Naval  Reserve.  Whether  in  the  Marine 
Corps  or  in  the  Navy,  naval  aviators  wear  the  "Wings  of  Gold." 

Lieutenant  Edward  Latane  Flanagan,  Jr.,  U.  S.  A.,  on  April  2,  194s, 
at  Macon,  Ga.,  married  Miss  Ann  Greer  Boatwright.  Dr.  E.  L.  Flanagan 
was  his  son's  best  man. 

A  certificate  from  U.  S.  N.  R.  Midshipmen's  School  at  Northwestern 
University,  dated  April  12,  1945,  states  that  Ensign  Kenneth  Allen 
Drewry  (one  of  our  V-12  students)  successfully  completed  the  course 
of  instruction  at  the  University.  His  lowest  grade  on  the  list  would 
have  been  81  at  Hampden-Sydney. 

At  the  election  of  new  officers  for  the  Petersburg  (Va.)  Bar  Association, 
Frederick  H.  Cole,  '30,  was  chosen  secretary,  and  William  Old,  '20, 
was  a  member  of  the  Nominating  Committee. 

The  wedding  of  Mr.  James  McCosh  Cecil,  '10,  and  Mrs.  Tamara 
Scott  was  celebrated  in  the  Madison  Avenue  Presbyterian  Church, 
New  York,  on  June  21,  1945.  Mr.  Cecil  is  son  of  the  late  Rev.  Russell 
Cecil,  D.  D.,  for  years  pastor  of  the  Second  Presbyterian  Church  of 
Richmond,  Va. 

An  interesting  article  by  Lieutenant  Frederick  Whitton  Morse,  '40, 
was  published  in  the  Richmond  Times-Dispatch  of  April  22,  1945.  He 
describes  the  lives  of  prisoners  in  the  Japanese  Internment  Prisons  by 
showing  how  Rev.  William  F.  Junkin,  Jr.,  '35,  and  his  wife  and  small 
son,  Billy  Junkin  III,  managed  to  survive  before  being  liberated  by 
U.S.  forces. 

The  Junkins  left  the  United  States  in  1940,  located  at  Peking,  China, 
until  the  Japanese  aggression  made  a  move  necessary.  They  moved  to 
Bagino  in  the  Philippines,  where  Mr.  Junkin  continued  his  work  until 
that  city  was  taken  by  the  Japs.  They  were  moved  to  Camp  Hay, 
thence  to  Camp  Holmes  where  they  were  fed  on  rice  and  fish,  both  of  poor 
grade.  They  eked  out  a  living  by  raising  a  few  vegetables  and  by  packages 
from  the  Red  Cross.     Mr.  Junkin  was  treated  by  a  dentist,  a  fellow 


prisoner,  who  filed  a  20-centavo  piece,  mixed  the  filings  with  mercury  and 
filled  the  cavity  in  the  tooth — the  result  is  not  stated.  They  were  hungry, 
they  were  uncomfortable:  but  this  family  at  least  is  safe. 

A  letter  to  Dr.  Wilson,  written  on  April  14,  1945,  by  John  A.  Field, 
tells  that  he  went  into  the  Naval  Reserve  in  the  spring  of  1944,  that  he 
met  some  " subs "  in  the  North  Sea  and  was  in  the  port  of  Antwerp  when 
buzz  bombs  and  V-2's  were  active.  He  was  in  the  Pacific  when  he  wrote; 
but  Mrs.  Field  and  the  boys  were  living  in  Emporia,  Va. 

Lieutenant  (jg)  William  Jordan  Steed,  '37,  U.  S.  N.  R..  is  located  in 
Washington  20,  D.  C,  going  to  Ordnance  and  Gunnery  School  at  the 
Navy  Yard.  He  casually  mentioned  in  a  letter  to  Mr.  Atkinson  that  he 
had  served  in  the  Pacific  and  had  lost  "our  ship."  On  the  trip  home  he 
met  some  Hampden-Sydney  boys:  Thomas  B.  Mason,  '40;  Rives  S. 
Brown,  Jr.,  '40;  Frederick  Warren  Beck,  Jr.,  '38;  William  A.  Lashley, 
'40;  A.  J.  Buchinsky,  '39;  William  B.  White,  '40;  William  Conrad  Stone 
'38;  Thomas  Flournoy  Hicks,  '35,  and  Mrs.  Hicks  are  with  a  Government 
Agency  and  are  in  Washington.  The  Lieutenant  also  reported  that  in 
Gloucester  County,  Va.,  there  are  two  pretty  good  football  prospects  for 
about  i960.  W.  Jordan  Steed,  Jr.,  two  and  one-half  years  old,  and  William 
Birch  Douglas,  Jr.,  aged  two.  Mr.  Atkinson  urged  that  these  prospects 
be  fed  on  Mellin's  Food  or  some  other  stimulating  diet  in  order  that 
their  development  be  hastened. 

Wellington  Ayres  Coard,  '36,  Corporal  in  U.  S.  Army,  was  reported 
missing  in  Belgium,  by  the  William  and  Mary  Gazette  of  May,  1945. 

Frank  Carter  Spencer,  Jr.,  '38,  entered  the  armed  forces  January  5, 1942, 
after  being  employed  by  the  Export  Leaf  Tobacco  Company  of  Rich- 
mond, Va.,  Sergeant  Spencer  served  35  months  in  the  China-Burma- 
India  theater  of  operations;  while  there  he  was  awarded  the  Asiatic- 
Pacific  Campaign  Ribbon.  Having  returned  to  the  United  States,  T/3 
Spencer, on  May  19,  1945,  was  at  the  Redistribution  Station  at  Miami 
Beach  forfurther  assignment  (Public  Relations  Office,  Miami  Beach,  Fla.) 

To  Secretary  Walker,  Theodore  Randolph  Sherman,  Jr.,  announced 
his  arrival  in  Baltimore,  Md.,  on  May  15,  1945.  He  reports  that  his 
"folks"  are  Theodore  Randolph  Sherman,  Sr.,  '39,  and  Mrs.  Sherman 
(nee  Chappell),  and  his  weight  7  pounds. 

Captain  Clayton  Briggs  Tasker,  '41,  on  May  8,  1945,  was  in  Casa 
Blanca. 

Edward  Lee  Arapian,  Lieutenant  LI.  S.  A.  A.  F.,  and  Miss  Cynthia 
Winifred  Graham  were  married  on  April  3,  1945,  in  Mobile,  Ala.  At 
home  845  Birch  St.,  Memphis,  Tenn. 

Dr.  Thompson  has  received  a  fine  letter  from  Nicholas  M.  Canaris, 
'47,  who  was  on  April  27,  1945,  an  Ensign  U.  S.  N.  R.,  he  was  trained 
at  Little  Creek,  Va.,  as  an  officer  on  a  U.  S.  S.  L.  S.  M.,  and  was  sent  to 
California.  While  at  home  he  became  engaged  and  was  looking  forward 
to  marriage  as  postwar  plan. 

J.  Stanley  Livesay,  Jr.,  '48,  U.  S.  N.  R.  (Combat  Air-Crewman), 
sworn  in  May  4,  1945,  and  reported  for  active  duty  June  2,  1945;  until 
called  he  worked  in  the  Post  Office. 

Arthur  Goldberg,  '48,  U.  S.  N.,  S  2/c,  enlisted  in  May,  1943;  in  May, 
1945,  began  training  as  a  Naval  Weather  Observer  at  the  Aerographers 
School  at  Lakehurst  Naval  Air  Station. 

Lieutenant  Joseph  Allen  Birdwell,  '39,  U.  S.  A.  Air  Corps,  was  reported 
missing  on  August  15,  1943,  when  his  plane  went  down  over  France.  As 
has  been  previously  stated  he  landed  with  a  broken  foot,  was  cared  for 
by  French  people  who  kept  him  safe  and  passed  him  along  the  "under- 
ground" system  until  after  seven  months  he  returned  to  England  and 
again  entered  service.  He  reached  home  in  Farmville,  Va.,  in  May,  1945, 
on  a  60-day  leave.   Later  he  will  report  to  Miami,  Fla.,  for  reassignment. 

William  Nelson  Baskervill,  '42,  Technical  Sergeant,  U.  S.  A.  Air 
Forces,  and  a  veteran  from  the  European  area,  graduated  in  May,  1945, 
from  the  A.  A.  F.  Central  Instructors  School  at  Laredo,  Texas,  having 
completed  a  comprehensive  course  in  modern  methods  of  instruction  in 
Aerial  Gunnery.  He  is  now  instructing  at  Florence,  S.  C. 

Some  time  ago  Staff  Sergeant  George  Stuart  Burford,  '46,  was  reported 
to  be  a  prisoner  in  Germany.  We  are  glad  to  report  that  the  papers  of 
May  4,  1945,  announced  that  he  was  one  of  the  prisoners  liberated  by 
the  Allied  forces. 

As  previously  reported  in  The  Record,  Lieutenant  John  Francis 
Blackburn,  '36,  was  killed  in  action  in  North  Africa  on  December  19, 
1942.  Recently  the  papers  have  reported  that  his  younger  brother, 
Lieutenant  Beverly  S.  Blackburn,  was  killed  in  the  European  area  of 
service.  The  Record  expresses  deep  regret  and  profound  sympathy  to 
Mrs.  AliceP.Blackburn,ofHarrisonburg,Va., thus  bereft  of  her  two  sons. 


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Robert  Finley  Gayle  III,  '45,  entered  A.  A.  F.  in  August,  1942,  had 
advanced  training  at  Moore  Field,  Texas,  and  received  his  pilot's  wings 
on  May  23,  1944.  He  has  been  active  all  over  Europe,  and  in  recognition 
of  his  "meritorious  service  in  participating  in  sustained  aerial  operations 
against  the  enemy"  he  has  been  awarded  the  Air  Medal  and  one  Oak 
Leaf  Cluster.  Recently  he  has  been  promoted  to  the  grade  of  First 
Lieutenant. 

Dr.  C.  B.  Wallace,  1880,  for  nearly  60  years  principal  of  his  great 
school  in  Nashville,  Tenn..  was  tendered  a  complimentary  dinner  at  the 
Belle  Meade  Country  Club  on  May  29,  1945,  by  the  members  of  the  Old 
Boys  Association  of  the  Wallace  School. 

Hon.  Richard  C.  Stokes,  '02,  for  years  a  prominent  lawyer  of  Coving- 
ton, Va.,  and  a  member  of  the  House  of  Delegates  of  the  Virginia  General 
Assembly,  is  again  a  candidate  for  reelection  to  that  body.  He  is  not 
expected  to  have  opposition. 

Rev.  Francis  A.  Schaeffer,  '35,  his  wife  (nee  Seville)  and  his  two 
daughters,  Priscilla  and  Susan,  announce  the  arrival, on  May  3,  1945, 
of  Deborah  Ann.  "Happy  is  the  man  who  has  his  quiver  full  of  them" 
(Ps.  127:  5).  This  happy  man  is  pastor  of  the  Bible  Presbyterian  Church, 
5842  Waterman  Boulevard,  St.  Louis  12,  Mo. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Alfred  Aloysius  Martin  have  announced  the  marriage 
of  their  daughter,  Eunice  Geraldine  Martin,  to  Thomas  Avery  Com- 
bellick,  '43,  Lieutenant  U.  S.  A., on  August  26,  1944,  at  Riverside,  Cal. 

Garrett  McNeil  Etheridge,  '44,  is  T/3,  34547273,  of  Company  "D," 
331st  Medical  Bn.,  A.  P.  O.  443,  c/o  Postmaster,  New  York,  N.  Y.  He 
is  now  (April, '45)  in  charge  of  the  surgery  of  his  Division  Clearing  Com- 
pany. He  works  on  casualties  coming  in  from  the  front,  changing  dress- 
ings; giving  anesthesia  (general  and  local),  and  assisting  the  surgeons  in 
various  ways.  He  now  thinks  that  he  would  like  to  return  to  college 
when  the  war  is  over. 

Notice  of  change  of  address  of  James  Tredway  Spratley,  '44,  states: 
My  correct  address  (May  I,  1945)  is  Lieutenant  James  T.  Spratley, 
O-875864,  Ward  5,  Base  Hospital,  c/o  Postmaster,  Langley  Field,  Va. 

The  Public  Relations  Office  at  Lakehurst,  N.  J.,  on  May  2,  1945,  wrote: 
"George  Gray  Henley,  '45,  S  2/c,  son  of  Rev.  E.  E.  Henley,  Marshall, 
Va.,  completed  training  in  weather  observation  at  the  Navy  Aerog- 
rapher's  School  here  at  the  Naval  Air  Station  (Lighter-than-air).  The 
course  includes  meteorology,  weather  codes  and  mapping,  map  analysis, 
balloon  sounding,  and  typing.  Seaman  Henley  enlisted  in  the  U.  S. 
Navy,  December  11,  1942. 

The  Richmond  News-Leader, of May  14,  1945,  carried  a  picture  of  Staff 
Sergeant  Leon  Shelton  Clarke,  Jr.,  '45,  and  reported  that  he  has  been 
awarded  the  Air  Medal  with  two  Oak  Leaf  Clusters  for  his  part  in  cutting 
the  German  supply  lines  and  for  his  participation  in  England  to  Africa 
shuttle  bombing.  He  is  radio  operator  and  gunner  on  a  B-17  Flying 
Fortress.   He  entered  service  in  March,  1943. 

Lieutenant  Thomas  Raysor  Salley,  Jr.,  '45,  is  now  (May,  1945)  as- 
sistant personnel  officer  at  a  base  in  France.  He  has  received  many  honors 
and  awards  for  extraordinary  achievement  as  a  B-17  Flying  Fortress 
pilot.  Recently  his  mother  received  a  package  containing  the  Dis- 
tinguished Flying  Cross  which  had  been  awarded  to  her  son. 

Among  the  recipients  of  science  prizes  at  the  University  of  Virginia 
in  the  spring  of  1945  were:  Howard  Malcolm  Owen,  '35,  who  shared 
the  Andrew  Fleming  Prize  in  Biology  with  Miss  S.  K.  Hoover,  of  Roa- 
noke, and  Arthur  Fletcher  Jones,  '36,  co-worker  with  Dr.  J.  H.  Yoe, 
received  third-place  mention  for  a  paper  on  Chemistry. 

With  great  pleasure  we  learn  that  Lieutenant  Herbert  Rieves  Stokes, 
'40,  U.  S.  A.  A.  F.,  who  had  been  reported  missing  in  Germany,  and 
Lieutenant  John  William  James,  Jr.,  '44,  U.  S.  A.  A.  F.,  previously 
reported  missing,  were  among  the  Americans  released  from  the  German 
prison  camp  at  Moosburg.    (Report  of  Lee  McCardell  of  May  5,  1945.) 

Mr.  McCardell  also  has  reported  that  he  had  received  the  names  of 
others  who  had  been  released  from  prisoner-of-war  camps  in  Germany 
from  John  Terrell,  Newsweek  war  correspondent,  who  saw  the  men 
in  a  forest  near  Braunau  when  they  had  been  given  up  by  German 
guards.  Among  those  listed  was  Sergeant  Thornton  Stringfellow,  '43, 
of  Culpeper,  Va. 

Rev.  William  Howard  Boyd,  '40,  and  Mrs.  Boyd  announce  the  birth, 
on  May  9,  1945,  of  a  daughter,  Elizabeth  Anne,  weighing  nine  pounds. 
Mr.  Boyd  is  pastor  of  the  First  Presbyterian  Church,  Andalusia,  Ala. 

A  friend  has  kindly  given,  under  date  of  May  10,  1945,  the  following 
information  as  to  the  "Armes  Twins"  of  the  Class  of  1941: 

Willard  Otis  Armes  is  pastor  of  the  Faith  Presbyterian  Church,  of 


Fawn  Grove,  Pa.  He  was  married  August  10,  1944,  at  Silver  Bay,  N.  Y., 
to  Miss  Mary  Ellen  Napp,  daughter  of  Rev.  and  Mrs.  James  £.  Napp, 
missionaries  to  India,  and  a  graduate  of  Wilson  College,  Class  of  1944. 

John  Galbreath  Armes  is  lieutenant  (jg),  U.  S.  N.  R.,  in  the  Chaplains' 
Corps,  and  in  May,  1945,  was  stationed  at  a  port  of  embarkation  for 
Seabees  at  Port  Hueneme,  Cal.  The  lieutenant  was  married  on  May  5, 
1945,  at  Wilmington,  Del.,  to  Miss  Laura  Belle  Byram,  daughter  of 
Dr.  and  Mrs.  Roy  M.  Byram,  missionaries  in  Korea  home  on  furlough, 
and  a  graduate  of  Wheaton  College,  111.,  Class  of  1943. 

Both  of  the  brothers  were  ordained  to  the  ministry  in  a  double  ordina- 
tion service  at  Coatesville,  Pa.,  on  June  6,  '944;  and,  when  they  were 
married,  each  was  best  man  for  the  other.    Par  nobile  fratrum. 

Samuel  Gargill  Smithy,  '42,  second  lieutenant,  V.  S.  A.  Air  Force, 
a  B-17  pilot,  was  shot  down  over  Coblentz,  Germany,  on  August  15, 
1944;  imprisoned  for  many  months,  he  was  liberated  by  American 
troops  on  April  29,  1945,  at  Moosburg.  He  was  expected  at  his  home 
in  Charleston,  W.  Va.,  in  June,  1945.  (Information  given  by  D.  L.  Cork.) 

A  letter  to  Secretary  Walker  from  William  Braxton  Elwang,  Jr., 
dated  June  7,  1945,  reported  that  he  received  his  commission  as  lieu- 
tenant (jg),  U.  S.  N.  R.,  on  June  1st,  that  he  had  seen  William  Lewis 
Harvie,  '45,  and  Hugh  Fitzpatrick  III,  '45 — ensigns  both;  that  James  W. 
Gilkeson,  Jr.,  '47,  had  gone  to  Wooster  College  to  begin  his  aviation 
training.  Lieutenant  Elwang  and  his  wife,  the  former  Miss  Nell  Gwynne 
Holloway,  were  well  and  comfortable  at  Vero  Beach,  Fla.,  where  he 
was  aerological  officer,  though  expecting  orders  for  another  assignment. 

Miss  Jean  Elizabeth  Parker  became  the  bride  of  Thomas  Tillar 
Land,  '44,  at  Providence  Forge  Presbyterian  Church,  Va.,  on  June  16, 
1945.  The  bride  is  the  daughter  of  Dr.  James  Russell  Parker.  The 
young  couple  will  be  at  home  at  209  Church  Street,  Emporia,  Va. 

Mr.  and  Mrs.  Leslie  E.  Newton  announce  the  engagement  of  their 
daughter,  Doris  Leone  Newton,  to  Ensign  August  G.  Biedenbender,  '48, 
who  received  his  commission  as  ensign  at  Northwestern  LTniversity. 

Rev.  Meade  Randolph  Atkinson,  D.  D.,  '26,  who  has  been  pastor 
for  many  years  of  the  First  Presbyterian  Church  of  Logan,  W.  Va., 
has  accepted  a  call  to  the  Lafayette  Presbyterian  Church,  Norfolk,  Va. 

From  the  Presbyterian  Outlook  of  June  18,  1945,  we  learn  that  Rev. 
Harold  J.  Dudley,  '25,  has  received  the  degree  of  Doctor  of  Divinity; 
that  Dr.  Frank  C.  Brown,  '09,  of  Dallas,  Texas,  has  been  made  a  Doctor 
of  Laws;  that  the  address  of  Chaplain  Clarence  K.  Ale  is  now  c/o 
American  Red  Cross,  Moore  Memorial  Hospital,  Swannanoa,  N.  C. 

On  June  6,  1945,  Marsham  Vance  Curring,  '42,  second  lieutenant, 
U.  S.  A.  Air  Force,  was  at  Columbus,  Miss.,  Army  Air  Field  awaiting 
orders.  The  B-17  bomber  groups  were  broken  up  after  V  E-Day.  His 
wife  and  one-year-old  son  were  with  him.  He  wants  to  hear  from  his 
classmates.    His  address  is  Box  103,  Officers'  Club. 

George  Russell  Holden,  '42,  has  written  to  Secretary  Walker  stating 
that  he  is  much  interested  in  Hampden-Sydney's  future,  is  anxious 
to  render  what  help  he  can,  and  suggests  that  the  Alumni  Fund  next 
year  be  in  honor  of  the  boys  of  Hampden-Sydney  who  have  sacrificed 
their  lives  for  their  country  and  for  the  security  of  the  College.  His 
address  is  1433  Emory  Road,  Atlanta,  Ga. 

Allan  Lee  Fox,  Jr.,  ensign,  U.  S.  N.  R.,  is  executive  officer  on  a  "little 
ship,"  and  has  troubles  with  personnel  problems  and  has  sympathy 
with  Dean  Wilson.  He  has  met  Ensign  Roy  E.  Cabell,  '43;  Ensign 
"Doug"  Crummett,  '43;  Ensign  Roscoe  Edward  Werder,  '44,  and 
Ensign  James  Manson  Dugger,  '46.  Enclosing  a  contribution  to  Mr. 
Atkinson,  he  urged  him  to  "take  care  of  the  old  school."  Address  him 
c/o  Post  Office,  San  Francisco,  Cal. 

A  letter  from  John  Venable  Edmunds,  35870842,  gives  different  news 
from  that  formerly  received.  This  gives  Company  B,  1265th  Engineer 
Battalion,  landed  in  England  about  Thanksgiving,  moved  to  Lancaster; 
saw  Dr.  Edwin  Shepherd  at  a  general  hospital  on  south  coast;  moved 
to  France,  through  Eastern  Belgium  to  Germany  at  Aachen;  was  at 
Duren  (Dueren)  on  the  Roer;  since  then  at  Bonn  and  Erfurt. 

First  Lieutenant  Robert  Finley  Gayle  III,  '45,  "has  been  awarded 
the  Air  Medal."  His  citation  reads:  "For  meritorious  achievement  in 
aerial  flight  while  participating  in  sustained  operational  activities  against 
the  enemy  between  the  dates  February  28  and  March  16,  1945." 

Rev.  Howard  Clinton  Cobbs,  '34,  former  pastor  of  the  Forest  Hill 
Presbyterian  Church  in  Richmond,  Va.,  was  at  home  for  a  short  fur- 
lough in  June.  He  has  been  on  duty  as  naval  chaplain  in  the  Pacific 
and  came  to  the  states  straight  from  Okinawa.  He  visited  Secretary 
Walker  who  reported  that  the  good  chaplain  looked  well  and  is  enthu- 
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Rev.  Flournoy  Shepperson,  Jr.,  the  fleet  runner  of  1938,  married 
Miss  Lois  Lee  Pinson  on  June  22,  1945,  at  Greenville,  S.  C.  A  recep- 
tion followed  the  ceremony.  The  groom  graduated  at  Faith  Seminary 
two  years  ago. 

The  Richmond  News-Leader  of  May  23,  1945,  listed  Lieutenant  George 
Gilmer  Craddock,  '38,  U.  S.  N.  R.,  as  one  of  the  wounded  among  the 
casualties  of  the  Navy.  He  is  the  son  of  Mr.  and  Mrs.  George  Gilmer 
Craddock,  of  Lynchburg,  Va.  His  wife  is  Mrs.  Martha  Cleveland 
Craddock. 

John  Fielding  Halloway,  '40,  U.  S.  A.,  first  lieutenant.  In  May,  1945, 
he  wrote  to  Mr.  Atkinson,  outlining  briefly  his  duties  and  his  diversions. 
He  has  been  in  the  Pacific  theater  of  operations  for  19  months,  mostly 
on  Guadalcanal  and  in  jungles;  his  work  is  in  electronics,  thanks  to 
Dr.  Gilmer.  His  address  is:  First  Lieutenant  John  F.  Halloway, 
O-1047576,  APO,  San  Francisco,  Cal. 

Cary  Ambler  Hutter,  '41,  U,  S.  A.,  First  Lieutenant  (September,  1944), 
stationed  in  England;  liberated  from  German  prison  as  reported  by  the 
Office  of  War  Information  on  June  2,  1945.  His  wife  is  Mrs.  Rosalia  W. 
Hutter,  of  Lynchburg,  Va. 

Among  those  who  graduated  with  the  degree  of  Bachelor  of  Divinity 
at  Union  Theological  Seminary  in  Richmond,  Va.,  on  June  5,  1945, 
were  the  following  graduates  of  Hampden-Sydney  College:  Thomas 
Carolin  Clay,  B.  A.,  '43;  Paul  John  Coblentz,  B.  A.,  '42;  Cecil  Orville 
Eanes,  B.  A.,  '43;  Robert  Kitchen  Robinson,  Jr.,  B.  A.,  '42;  Ira  Ben- 
jamin Watson,  Jr.,  B.  A. 

Charles  Ellis  Hutchinson,  '42,  U.  S.  N.  R.,  in  a  letter  dated  May  20, 
1945,  said  that  he  had  been  aboard  ship  for  the  past  eight  months, 
operating  in  the  Pacific  only.  He  had  been  on  the  same  ship  as  Lieutenant 
John  T.  Goode,  '40,  for  a  time  in  the  invasion  of  Luzon.  They  were 
together  also  in  the  invasion  of  Okinawa.  The  writer  has  had  various 
experiences  in  the  Admiralty  Islands,  the  Ryukyus,  and  Marianas. 

Our  Danville  men  do  things:  C.  Sturart  Wheatley,  Jr.,  26',  was 
recently  made  a  member  of  the  Board  of  the  Hughes  Memorial  Home  and 
•of  the  diaconate  of  the  First  Presbyterian  Church.  Royster  Lyle,  '17, 
is  now  a  member  of  the  Board  of  Education  of  the  city.  At  the  spring 
meeting  of  Roanoke  Presbytery,  Mr.  Lyle  was  the  genial  and  efficient 
moderator. 

The  following  members  of  the  Class  of  1942  were  graduated  from  the 
Medical  College  of  Virginia,  June  16th:  In  Medicine:  Edward  Garland 
Davis,  Jr.,  Richmond;  Edward  Graham  Field,  Nuttall  Post  Office; 
William  Graham  Painter,  Big  Stone  Gap.  In  Dentistry:  William  Boat- 
wright  Harris,  Orange;  Edgar  Forrest  Jessee,  Cleveland;  Walter  Leroy 
Thurman,  Jr.,  Charleston,  W.  Va.  Davis,  Field,  and  Thurman  were 
commissioned  as  lieutenants  (jg),  Linked  States  Naval  Reserve;  Painter 
was  made  a  first  lieutenant,  Medical  Corps,  U.  S.  Army. 

Edwin  Harvie  Jones,  Jr.,  was  born  January  12,  1945,  University 
Hospital,  Charlottesville.  His  father,  a  graduate  student  in  the  Univer- 
sity, reports  that  his  son  is  making  good  growth  and  that  Mrs.  Jones 
(nee  Frances  Clary)  is  well.  Our  friends  were  married  August  31,  1941. 

First  Lieutenant  Carter  Noble,  '43,  wounded  in  his  right  arm  while 
fighting  in  Germany,  is  making  satisfactory  recovery  at  the  Thayer 
General  Hospital,  Nashville,  Tenn.  This  summer  he  is  planning  to  take 
certain  courses  at  nearby  Vanderbilt  University. 

It  is  now  Lieutenant  Commander  Harry  B.  Stone,  Jr.,  Class  1930. 
He  may  be  reached  in  Room  76,  U.  S.  Capitol  Building,  Washington, 
D.  C. 

Mr.  Atkinson  has  recently  heard  from  Arthur  G.  Turner,  '44.  He  is  a 
Captain  in  a  Bomb  Group  of  the  A.  A.  F.  and  is  still  in  the  European 
area. 

Oscar  Louis  Martin,  Jr.,  '42,  was  married  to  Miss  Willie  Bell  Watter- 
son,  April  28,  1945. 

An  interesting  letter  has  been  received  from  William  W.  Walton,  '38, 
now  a  Captain  in  the  Medical  Corps  of  the  U.  S.  Army.  He  was  writing 
from  the  Mayo  Foundation,  Rochester,  Minn.,  but  expected  to  be  on  the 
go  soon — to  University  of  Minnesota,  then  to  Northwestern,  and  then 
to  Fort  Knox,  Ky.,  the  latter  part  of  June.  The  past  few  weeks  have  been 
very  pleasant,  as  he  has  been  able  to  have  his  wife  and  baby  boy  with 
him.  W.  W.,  Jr.,  was  born  in  Richmond,  Va.,  September  24,  1944,  and 
is  a  hearty  and  handsome  young  fellow. 

The  Hill  enjoyed  a  pleasant  visit  from  Leslie  M.  Jones,  '38,  and  his 
wife  on  April  23.  Our  friend  has  a  position  with  the  General  Electric 
Companv  and  his  present  address  is  872  Easter  Avenue,  Schenectady, 

N.  Y.     ' 


We  could  wish  that  he  had  had  time  for  more,  but  we  appreciate  the 
random  notes  sent  in  by  Lieutenant  F.  M.  "Sammy"  Smith,  Jr.,  '42, 
U.  S.  N.  R.,  now  stationed  in  Washington,  D.  C.  (Address:  Apartment 
42,  3126  Sixteenth  St.,  N.  W.,  Zone  10),  after  many  months  in  European 
waters.  He  speaks  thus  of  his  alumni  associates:  "Dick  Reid  and  I 
worked  and  lived  together  in  Sicily;  Gus  Mayes  was  doing  great  work 
with  an  Ordnance  Company,  Van  Alford  was  in  charge  of  a  sub  chaser; 
Francis  Hudgins  was  around  with  his  mine  sweeper;  so  was  Dick  Lewis; 
Ben  Willis  was  on  a  salvage  tug;  Frank  Brown  came  in  once  on  a  de- 
stroyer, and  Admiral  Sheldon  visited  our  base  in  Sicily." 


Necrology 


HITE.  Louis  Cary  Hite, of  the  Class  of  I9i2,was  born  in  Virgilina, 
Va.,  September  5,  1884,  son  of  the  late  J.  R.  Hite  and  Mary  Tuck  Hite. 
He  married  October  10,  1917,  Miss  Margaret  McAllister  who  survives 
him  with  a  son,  Captain  L.  C.  Hite,  Jr.,  U.  S.  A.  A.  F.,  and  two  daughters. 
Misses  Margaret  McAllister  and  Sally  Anne  Hite.  For  29  years  Mr. 
Hite  had  been  an  active  and  useful  member  of  the  business  and  church 
life  of  Florence,  S.  C.  He  was  president  of  the  Massey-Hite  Grocery 
Company,  one  of  the  largest  wholesale  firms  of  that  section  of  the  state; 
president  of  the  Guaranty  Bank  and  Trust  Company  of  the  city;  member 
and  treasurer  of  the  Rosebank  Plantation  and  of  the  Woodberry  Farms, 
both  hunting  and  fishing  clubs.  He  was  treasurer  of  the  local  Y.  M.  C.  A., 
a  trustee  of  the  McLeod  Infirmary,  a  deacon  and  superintendent  of 
the  Sunday  School  of  the  First  Baptist  Church  of  Florence.  A  friend 
who  knew  him  well  writes:  "His  passing  leaves  a  large  gap  in  our  com- 
munity life  at  Florence,  and  his  loss  will  be  keenly  felt."  The  end  came 
on  March  27,  1945,  as  the  result  of  a  cerebral  hemorrhage  from  which 
he  never  regained  consciousness. 

HOLLADAY.  Joseph  Edward  Bridger  Holladay,  '03,  former  mayor 
of  Suffolk,  Va.,  and  lawyer  of  that  place,  died,  aged  65,  at  his  home 
there  on  April  12,  1945,  after  a  heart  attack  of  some  days  duration. 
He  was  the  son  of  Mr.  A.  Frank  Holladay  and  Mrs.  Judy  Beverley 
Copeland  Holladay,  who  died  some  years  ago.  Mr.  Holladay  had  served 
as  a  member  of  the  Town  Council  and  was  the  first  mayor  after  Suffolk 
became  a  city.  During  World  War  I  he  served  with  the  Department 
of  Justice.  He  is  survived  by  his  wife,  Mrs.  Maragaret  Breedon  Holla- 
day, by  a  brother,  a  sister,  and  by  nephews  and  nieces.  Funeral  arrange- 
ments had  not  been  made  when  the  notice  of  his  death  appeared  in  the 
Richmond  News-Leader  of  April  12,  1945. 

GILLIAM.  Thomas  Dupuy  Gilliam,  '00,  was  secretary-treasurer 
and  sales  manager  of  the  Carolina  Parlor  Furniture  Company  of  States- 
ville,  N.  C.  In  1915  he  married  at  Mount  Airy,  N.  C,  Miss  Annie  Gwynn. 
The  company  has  announced  "with  profound  sorrow"  that  his  death 
occurred  on  February  4,  1945. 

With  the  permission  of  our  good  friend,  J.  Barrye  Wall,  editor  of  the 
Farmville  Herald,  we  copy  the  following  obituary  notice  of  April  27,  1945 : 

THORNTON.  Funeral  services  for  Mrs.  Maria  Edmunds  Thornton, 
75,  who  died  at  her  home  in  Washington,  D.  C,  April  20,  1945,  were  held 
at  the  Farmville  cemetery,  with  Dr.  E.  G.  Gammon,  President  of 
Hampden-Sydney  College,  officiating. 

Mrs.  Thornton  was  a  member  of  long-noted  Prince  Edward  families, 
being  the  daughter  of  the  late  Henry  and  Hattie  Venable  Edmunds. 
She  was  born  and  reared  in  Prince  Edward. 

Mrs.  Thornton  was  twice  married,  first  to  Littleton  Edmunds,  of 
Florida.  After  his  death  she  married  the  late  Dr.  James  R.  Thornton, 
professor  of  mathematics  at  Hampden-Sydney  College.  She  is  survived 
by  three  stepchildren.  Mrs.  India  Edmunds  Burch,  Washington;  Little- 
ton Edmunds,  of  Florida;  Earl  Edmunds,  Norfolk;  one  adopted  daughter, 
Mrs.  Frances  Anner,  Washington;  two  sisters,  Airs.  Mary  R.  Miller,  of 
Florida;  Mrs.  Dwight  Rivers,  Welch,  W.  Va.;  three  brothers,  William 
and  Reed  Edmunds,  Florida,  and  Paul  Edmunds,  of  Charleston,  W.  Va. 

GODDIN.  Captain  Alfred  P.  Goddin,  son  of  our  good  friend,  Alfred 
P.  Goddin,  '10,  was  killed  in  action  on  Luzon,  April  1,  1945,  Easter 
Sunday — Captain  Goddin  was  a  native  of  Richmond,  was  commissioned 
a  second  lieutenant  in  the  Field  Artillery.  After  training  at  Fort  Bragg, 
N.  C. ;  at  Camp  Hale,  Colo.,  and  Fort  Bliss,  Texas,  he  was  assigned  to 
overseas  duty  in  the  South  Pacific  in  May,  1943.  He  participated  in  the 
invasion  of  the  Admiralty  Islands,  Leyte,  and  Luzon.  A  few  days  before 
his  death  he  was  awarded  the  Bronz;  Star  Medal.  His  brother,  Cannon 
Hobson  Goddin,  '45,  is  one  of  our  boys,  a  corporal,  13121046,  serving, 
as  was  his  brother,  in  the  Philippines. 

CARPENTER.  Mr.  Warwick  Cecil  Carpenter,  died  at  his  home  in 
Richmond,  Va.,  aged  65,  on  March  28,  1945.  He  was  a  native  of  Poca- 
hontas County,  W.  Va.,  but  Richmond  had  been  his  home  since  1900. 
He  was  active  in  business  circles  and  had  served  in  many  lines  of  activity 


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— from  President  of  the  Virginia  Life  and  Casualty  Insurance  Company  to 
the  Board  of  the  Richmond  Chamber  of  Commerce.  In  1903  he  married 
Miss  Katherine  Doll,  of  Shenandoah  County,  Va.,  who  survives  him  with 
three  children:  E.  Rhodes  Carpenter,  '28,  Lieutenant  (jg)  Warwick 
Cecil  Carpenter,  Jr.,  '42,  and  Mrs.  A.  C.  Wooldridge.  Mrs.  Carpenter 
had  been  in  failing  health  for  some  years  and  had  just  returned  from 
Florida  when  his  death  occurred. 

NOBLE.  Lieutenant  Edward  Wright  Noble,  Jr.,  '40,  was  the  son  of 
Mr.  and  Mrs.  Edward  Wright  Noble  of  Gloucester  County,  Va.  He 
entered  service  as  an  Aviation  Cadet,  U.  S.  A.,  at  Pine  Bluff  School  of 
Aviation  in  1942;  was  trained  further  at  Randolph  Field,  Texas,  received 
his  wings;  served  as  Lieutenant  at  Ellington  Field,  Texas,  and  at  Green- 
ville, S.  C.  In  1943  he  completed  50  bombing  missions  over  Africa, 
Sicily,  and  Italy.  Having  returned  to  the  U.  S.,  he  served  as  pilot  in- 
structor for  a  time  and  was  sent  to  the  Pacific  as  a  Ferrying  Command 
pilot.  In  this  service  he  was  killed  in  an  airplane  accident  on  April  15, 
1945.  This  young  officer  held  the  Air  Medal  with  Seven  Oak  Leaf 
Clusters  and  had  been  cited  for  a  special  mission  over  Italy.  His  career 
was  short,  but  it  was  brilliant;  he  knew  his  duty  and  he  did  it. 

HOLLAND.  Mr.  John  Russell  Holland,  aged  53,  conductor  on  the 
Chesapeake  and  Ohio  Railway,  was  burned  to  death  on  May  10,  1945, 
when  the  roadhouse  in  Alexandria,  Va.,  was  destroyed  by  fire.  He  was  a 
native  of  Louisa  County,  Va.,  his  home,  however,  was  in  Charlottesville. 
Three  of  his  four  sons  are  now  in  service.  Among  them  is  Robert  Bragg 
Holland,  '45;  who  has  seen  action  in  the  European  theater,  and  in  May, 
1945,  was  in  England.  To  the  bereaved  family,  The  Record  extends 
sympathy. 


Athletics 


Despite  the  loss  felt  by  the  College  over  the  absence  of 
Athletic  Director  Frank  L.  Summers,  the  Tigers  wound  up 
the  year  with  an  excellent  spring  sports  program.  The 
baseball  team,  under  Coach  Walter  Sprye,  played  a 
short  but  well-spaced  schedule  of  ten  games.  Sprye  with 
only  two  holdovers  from  last  year's  squad,  by  dint  of  hard 
work,  put  together  a  combination  that  was  a  real  credit  to 
Hampden-Sydney.  Had  the  baseballers  had  better  pitch- 
ing, the  team  undoubtedly  would  have  been  a  strong 
contender  for  a  high  place  in  State  college  circles.  As  it 
was,  the  boys  were  able  to  annex  only  three  games. 
Thirteen  players  and  two  managers  were  awarded  the 
coveted  monogram. 

In  golf  the  Tiger  combination  of  Hall,  Murray,  Gaydos 
and  Parke  under  the  voluntary  direction  of  Lieutenant 
J.  B.  Anderson,  turned  in  the  fine  record  of  three  wins  and 
one  loss.  The  chief  difficulty  was  in  finding  opponents  to 
play. 

Three  monograms  were  presented  at  the  end  of  the 
season.  In  addition,  Lieutenant  Anderson  was  awarded  a 
certificate  and  monogram  in  appreciation  of  his  work  with 
the  team. 

The  sincere  thanks  of  the  College  are  extended  to  Mr. 
Sam  Graham  and  the  officials  of  the  Longwood  Golf  Club, 
of  Farmville,  for  their  courtesy  in  allowing  the  players  to 
practice  and  play  on  the  local  course. 

In  tennis,  despite  much  interest  in  the  tournament,  no 
attempt  was  made  to  participate  in  inter-collegiate  play. 
The  Athletic  Department  did  not  feel  that  there  was 
sufficient  material.  Tom  Pettit,  of  Baltimore,  Md.,  a 
Navy  V-12  student,  defeated  John  Darden,  a  civilian 
student,  from  Richmond,  Va.,  in  the  finals  of  the  spring 
tournament. 

As  in  the  past,  an  intra-mural  Softball  league  was 
organized.  The  three  Navy  Platoon  teams  and  a  civilian 
team  played  a  close  and  hotly  contested  series.  The 
second  platoon  defeated  the  civilian  team  for  the  cham- 
pionship in  the  final  game. 


Because  of  the  fact  that  the  new  Navy  students  entering 
July  2d  will  be  ineligible  for  inter-collegiate  competition, 
until  after  one  semester  of  college  work  has  been  finished, 
Hampden-Sydney  will  not  play  the  regular  football 
schedule  this  coming  fall.  A  broad  program  of  intra- 
mural sports  is  being  planned.  The  Tigers  are,  however, 
looking  forward  to  a  full  inter-collegiate  schedule  in  basket 
ball,  baseball,  tennis,  and  golf  in  1945  and  1946. 


Frank  L.   Summers 
June  5,  104s 

Letter  from  Coach  Summers  to 
Dr.  Gammon 

Dear  Dr.  Gammon: 

I  sincerely  hope  this  letter  finds  you  in  good  health  and 
everything  going  fine  at  Hampden-Sydney.  I  have  heard 
that  the  V-12  Unit  will  be  there  until  at  least  November; 
I  am  certainly  delighted  to  hear  this,  as  I  know  what  it 
means  to  the  college. 

I  am  now  on  Okinawa,  in  the  thick  of  everything  (except 
fighting)  and  assigned  to  a  Marine  outfit.  Am  now  doing 
the  job  I  had  hoped  to  be  able  to  do  and  am  dealing 
directly  with  the  front-line  Marines. 

Saw  quite  a  show  a  few  weeks  ago  when  some  Jap 
bombers  got  through.  The  ack-ack  looked  like  a  Fourth 
of  July  celebration  (multiply  by  one  hundred),  and  I  saw 
several  Jap  planes  go  down  in  flames.  They  also  had  one 
pinned  in  the  lights  for  several  minutes  and  threw  every- 
thing at  him  but  the  kitchen  stove.  The  men  really  like 
to  see  them  fall. 

Even  though  I  have  been  out  here  only  a  short  while,  I 
am  looking  forward  to  the  day  when  I  can  get  bac  on  thek 
job  at  Hampden-Sydney.  This  has  been  quite  an  ex- 
perience for  me  and  I  know  I  will  feel  much  better  about 
it  all  when  it  is  over. 

This  operation  on  Okinawa  has  been  by  far  the  toughest 
yet.  However,  it  is  about  over  now  and  what  the  next 
move  is  I  can  only  guess. 

Please  tell  the  Dean  "Hello,"  also  Mr.  "At."  It  is  just 
too  hard  fighting  the  mud,  mosquitoes,  and  bugs  in  my 
tent  to  write  much.  ^s  ever 

Coach 


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